Lisa is a community organizer and social entrepreneur. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, she immigrated to the U.S. at age six with her family. Her involvement in Jewish life began in college as a participant and volunteer. In 2010, after contributing to the success of several Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) community initiatives, Lisa launched Mishpucha Camping, an annual tent-camping weekend retreat for young RSJ families, combining informal Jewish education with outdoor adventure. After working as the young adult program coordinator at RJeneration and family program coordinator at Shorefront YM-YWHA, Lisa became the program director at COJECO, the central coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York, where she served from 2011 to 2016. With each year, Mishpucha Camping grew rapidly in size and popularity. As 200-person retreats began selling out within hours, Mishpucha began developing a unique brand of engagement programming, providing culturally authentic, immersive experiences for Russian-speaking Jews that foster community building, identity exploration, and Jewish learning. Since 2010, Mishpucha has grown from a weekend retreat into a nonprofit organization engaging thousands of secular Russian-speaking Jews with Jewish community life. In September 2016, Lisa transitioned into a full-time role as founding director of Mishpucha. Today, Mishpucha offers programs in New York, New Jersey, and Boston, anchored by weekend retreats and a diverse array of one-day offerings. Our vision is a network of local Mishpucha hubs throughout the East Coast and beyond, where Russian-speaking American Jews can embrace their unique heritage and genuinely engage in Jewish community life.