Lisa began her writing career in 1994 in St. Petersburg, Russia, writing articles for The Moscow Times and USA Today. Upon returning to the United States in late 1996, she worked with the renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher on her first book, AOL.COM. From that initial collaboration, Lisa launched a career as a ghostwriter and book collaborator.
Over the next two decades, Lisa worked with high-profile clients such as Patrick Swayze, Gavin Newsom, Cissy Houston, Herbie Hancock, Cathie Black, and Whitewater partner Susan McDougal. Her collaborations have spanned a vast array of topics, from politics to business to entertainment to international relations.
Lisa is also the author of Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2017. Called “brilliant, real and readable” by Madeleine Albright, the book describes Lisa’s 20 years of in-depth interviews with the same Russians between 1995-2015. Kirkus Reviews called it a “spirited account… that reveals true Russian personality.”
She is an accomplished storyteller on stage, appearing at live events such as the the Moth Grand Slam, Don’t Tell My Mother, and Drunk on Stage at Akbar. She is also a credited writer on the award-winning documentary film Letter to Anita and a contributor to Larry Smith’s The Best Advice in Six Words.
Prior to her writing career, Lisa worked as a Russian translator and, for nine glorious months, as a lounge singer in Japan. She has served as a juror for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards and for the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Program. A 1988 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, she lives with her wife, the TV and film writer Randi Barnes, in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.