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Lisa Stern

Employment Policy Advisor

Lisa Stern is an Employment Policy Advisor for the LEAD Center. Lisa has spent more than 25 years focused on career, workforce development and disability employment initiatives. She has extensive grass roots and experience creating, implementing and evaluating employment programs for injured service members and veterans entering the civilian workforce, youth with disabilities transitioning from school to work, and adults with disabilities accessing the services of the public workforce system. Lisa has provided consultation, subject matter expertise, training and technical assistance to local, state and national-level projects focused on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. She has also written a number of documents that have been converted to online resources to support youth with disabilities, disabled veterans, and employers. 

Her passions lie in training and education initiatives that help to eliminate stigma as a barrier to employment and program development focused on self-determination, self-advocacy, and a proactive career search. She is especially passionate about “demystifying” post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury in the workplace and helping injured veterans develop the transition to be successful and thriving members the civilian workforce and their communities. 

Lisa is currently a doctoral student at The George Washington University, studying Human and Organizational Learning/Human Resources Development. She holds a master’s degree in Education and Human Development (with a focus on school-based vocational assessment) from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland.