Lisa Tang joined CISLA in 2020, bringing 15+ years of social impact, arts and culture, and localization experience to the team. She is proud to liaise with social change partners and to witness the expertise of the CISLA program team. She considers it her duty to effectively translate the visions of each so that we collectively build resilient spaces rooted in equity and compassion.
Lisa started her career at East West Players, the nation’s longest-operating Theatre of Color and a Ford Foundation-recognized American Cultural Treasure. At East West Players, she led development efforts through the Great Recession to support local and national Asian Pacific American theatre and arts education and to advocate for diverse APA stories in theatre, film, and TV. At SDI Media, a global localization and translation firm, she worked on 100+ major studio films and documentaries, including 12 Academy Award® nominees, to ensure they resonated with audiences around the world. She has volunteered and worked with several social change organizations, including: LA Conservation Corps, ProSocial Consulting, and MEND- Meet Each Need with Dignity.
Lisa earned her MBA with honors from UCLA’s Anderson School, where she linked the fields of Finance, Social Impact, and Sustainability and was awarded the J. Fred Weston Award for Excellence in Finance. She holds a BA in English Literature (Poetry), with minors in Anthropology and Asian American Studies, also from UCLA.
As a first-generation college student, Lisa started her education as an LAUSD student in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown. She still viscerally feels the energy that surrounded her in these communities. Today, she is proud to be at CISLA, working to create lifelong impact like this for new generations of students across Los Angeles.