Lisa T Wright
(2021 McCourt Scholar)
Lisa Wright enters the Master of Policy Management program in the summer of 2021, and her vision is focused on the opportunity to “think critically about public policy,” particularly toward a career in strengthening a systems approach to advancing human rights. “I can think of three defining moments in my life, which brought me to where I am today,” Lisa relates. “One, I experienced poverty. When I was four years old, I vividly remember sleeping in a church with my mother for a week because we had nowhere to go. Two, emigrating from Taiwan to the United States when I was eleven years old. We lived in a small town in Michigan that was mostly white and with very few people of Asian-American ancestry. And third, my passion to help people led me to join the Peace Corps in Indonesia. I advocated for girls’ rights to education and launched events with the goal of disrupting harmful gender norms to foster respectful relationships between boys and girls.” Lisa, who speaks four languages joins McCourt from her work at Committee for Children in Seattle. She worked as an education partnerships manager since 2017, managing multimillion dollar strategic partnerships across over 600 organizations, increasing revenue in her area by 81%.