Lisa West joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation as the Operations Manager in May 2017. She brings 11 years of non-profit corporation management experience. In 1995Lisa, her husband and two small children moved from Missoula, Montana to Valdez, Alaska. As a Mom and non-traditional student, Lisa graduated in 1997 from PWSCC University of Alaska earning both an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in Broadcast Communication. After graduation, she became the General Manager of KCHU Community Public radio in Valdez and also taught media classes at PWSCC.
Her ties to conservation date back to her seven seasons with the US Forest Service, on the Brush/ Fire, Forestry and Engineering crews. She spent many Spring Seasons planting and jelly rolling trees in the forests of Idaho and Montana.
When Lisa’s children went off to college and work, she moved to Hawaii to escape the 30 feet of snow that falls each winter in Valdez. Her two children, their dad, spouses and two grandchildren currently live in Valdez and Cordova Alaska