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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. She worked extensively on issues related to post-war reconstruction, addressing the needs of refugees, and anti-corruption and development efforts.
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. During her work in Southeastern Connecticut, she led the development of the Coordinated Access system for families, helping to build a new level of provider collaboration to assist families in housing crisis through a “single front door.” Lisa became Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness in 2013. She also serves as Treasurer of the LaGrua Foundation (a community arts and meeting space), and is a Trustee of the Borough of Stonington’s Jonathan C. Waldron Fund (helping those in need of food, fuel or clothing in Stonington). Lisa and Scott are the proud parents of 1st Grader, Jacob Bates.