Drollinger Environmental Fellow
Serving as the Drollinger Environmental Fellow with Loyola Marymount University's Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) for the past four years and now The Drollinger Environmental Leadership Fellow, Lisa Fimiani has reached thousands of Angelenos teaching the principles of the Gottlieb Native Garden while inspiring visitors to Ballona Discovery Park through informational tours and education programs. As part of her responsibilities Lisa also serves as an ambassador to support other CURes staff members in the community with education initiatives, as well as represent CURes at events and functions.
Over the past 35 years Lisa acquired extensive knowledge of birds, insects, and other wildlife in Southern California as the Friends of Ballona Wetlands Executive Director for 7 years, Docent at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh for 19 years, and Board member for over 17 years. Lisa has also served 16 years on the Audubon California and Los Angeles Audubon Society non-profit Boards. Her understanding of urban interfaces and nature in the second largest city in America has given her practical experience dealing with associated challenges and qualifies her as an ideal urban "naturalist." Lisa received her BA in Mass Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a locally certified Master Gardener and Restoration Specialist.