Lisa M Fernandes
Food Systems, Agriculture, and Resilience-Building in Portland, Maine
Lisa Fernandes currently serves as the Communication Director for the Food Solutions New England network based at the UNH Sustainability Institute in Durham, New Hampshire.
She founded The Resilience Hub in 2005, based in Portland, Maine and directed the organization until 2018.
She is an experienced facilitator, speaker, network weaver and educator who believes that the strategies of resilience-building, re-skilling, and participatory design are among the best we have for creating vibrant communities and for navigating future challenges. She appears in the film "Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective."
Lisa has sat on the boards of the Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC), the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN), the Grantmaking Committee of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and on the Advisory Panel for Green & Healthy Maine Homes magazine. She has 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.
Lisa attended Boston College and The Evergreen State College and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including several years as owner of a software firm with more than 100 client companies across the region.
Lisa and her family have been actively converting their 1/3 acre home site into a model for "post-fossil fuel" living.