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Lisa Tepper Bates is a native of Colorado. She holds a BA from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on non-profit management. Lisa served as a U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2006. Her tours of duty included Poland, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia, where she worked for several years on implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.
In Washington, Lisa worked as Special Assistant for European Affairs to the Undersecretary of State and at the White House National Security Council as Director for Southeastern Europe. Lisa married Scott Bates, a native of Mystic, in 2003, and transitioned from diplomacy to non-profit management as her professional focus. Lisa previously served as the Executive Director of Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality (MASH), providing emergency shelter and services to families with children in Southeastern Connecticut facing homelessness. Lisa became Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness in 2013. She is a Board member of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home Working Group, and has served on a number of local nonprofit boards and committees.