Lisa M Fernandes

Food Systems, Communications, and Resilience-Building in Maine

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Lisa currently serves as the Communication Director for the Food Solutions New England network based at the UNH Sustainability Institute in Durham, New Hampshire, helping to build a just, sustainable & resilient regional food system. Her focus areas include strategic narrative and engagement, centering justice & equity, and supporting democratic & participatory methods.

She founded the Maine-based Resilience Hub in 2005 and directed the organization until 2018, growing it to nearly 3K members and delivering more than 800 community-building and educational events. She and members of the Hub community appeared in the 2015 film "Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective."

She is an experienced communications professional, organizer, strategist, facilitator, speaker, network weaver and educator who believes that resilience-building, community connectivity and democratized, participatory approaches are among the best tools we have for creating vibrant futures and for navigating the challenges we face.

She's currently a Trustee for the North American Marine Alliance, Advisor to Interlace Agroforestry Commons, a member of Grist's New England Fix! Network, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture, Food & Community Food Systems. She's been on the boards of the Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC), the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN), the Grant Review Committee of the Grassroots Fund and on the Advisory Panel for Green & Healthy Maine Homes magazine. She has also been active in the Portland Mayor's Initiative for Healthy Sustainable Food Systems, MOFGA's Ag Services Committee, the Portland Food Coop, Hour Exchange Portland and is a Master Food Preserver and Master Composter.

She attended Boston College (undergrad) and The Evergreen State College (grad), UNH (PhD work in progress) and has a rich set of work experiences in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including several years owning and operating a software firm with more than 100 client companies across the region.

She's an avid gardener, orchardist and forager...growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking from scratch as much as possible. She and her family have been actively converting their 1/3 acre home site into a model for comfortable, affordable "post-fossil fuel" living.

  • Work
    • UNH Sustainability Institute
  • Education
    • Boston College
    • The Evergreen State College
    • University of New Hampshire
    • The Resilience Hub