Career in the Chicago Market
Evanston Made - Executive Director & Founder • Evanston, IL • June 2013 - Present
  • Launch community arts initiative to create awareness and appreciation for Evanston’s creatives

  • Cultivate community partners (civic & private) like Evanston Art Center, Evanston Arts Council & AnoMalY

  • Create board of volunteers to focus on sustaining the initiative and transition to 501c3 status

  • Website:


1100 Florence - Founder & Curator • Evanston, IL • Jan. 2017 - Present
  • Launch live/work space for artists and creatives in former Polish Meat Shop

  • Collaborate with artists to raise awareness for Evanston artists by hosting art exhibits, artist talks & pop up shops

  • Collaborate with small business owners to host neighborhood walking tours

  • Website:

The Lisa D Show Podcast - Producer & Host • Evanston, IL • Jan. 2017 - Present
  • More than 80 episodes recorded since launch

  • Produce and host podcast interviewing Evanston creatives

  • Collaborate with organizations to market events & initiatives

  • Website:

One River School of Art + Design - Director • Evanston, IL  • Nov. 2018 - March 2020
  • Create marketplace awareness and excitement for arts education programming 

  • Build a culture of fun for students, staff and teachers around Art Making

  • Curate and sell Chicagoland emerging artist's works in storefront gallery

Hackstudio - Engagement Director • Evanston, IL  • June 2015 - June 2018
  • Created excitement and community for experiential learning startup thru events, digital advertising and branding campaigns and experiences for the curious

  • Promoted and hosted Open House nights with museum-like exhibit of projects

  • Work with staff and attendees to develop individualized content to showcase their experiences at Hackstudio


Evanston Magazine - Editor-at-Large • Evanston, IL • May 2016 - Jan. 2018
  • Consulted on editorial during launch of city lifestyle publication

  • Developed cover and feature story ideas

  • Shared magazine story with citizens, small business owners to increase brand awareness on social media


Acquirent Sales Force - Operations Manager • Evanston, IL • Sept. 2013 - May 2015
  • Managed onboarding and training for new teammates

  • Coordinated and managed internal communications

  • Worked with leadership team to cultivate healthy & happy workplace culture

  • Collaborated with community organizations to produce company Pancake Friday fundraisers, part of overall workplace wellness development strategy to increase community engagement with staff.


Illinois Institute of Technology - Projects Manager • Chicago, IL • Oct. 2011 - Aug. 2013
  • Project managed communications deadlines for Fueling Innovation capital campaign across print, digital and promotional collateral

  • Collaborated with  creative, alumni, events and development teams to bring communications and events projects in on time and under budget


Board Experience

Co-Chair, Evanston Arts Council

Board Member, Young Evanston Artists

Board Member, Art Encounter



San Diego State University, B.A. in English, 1995



Molly Miller, Facebook,

Justine Jentes, Exelon,

Paula Danoff, Evanston Art Center,

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