Lisa Hoyos

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Lisa Hoyos

Lisa Hoyos serves as Globalisation Project Director National Labour & Economic Development Institute Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently working on her NGL second year project in South Africa in conjunction with NALEDI.

Hoyos is the Director and the Co-Founder of Climate Parents. Lisa She has been a campaigner in the labor and environmental movements for over twenty years, most recently serving as the CA Director of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has worked for the national AFL-CIO as a California Senior Field Representative, as the Political Director of the South Bay Labor Council, and as an organizer of Latino immigrant workers with SEIU’s Justice for Janitors.

She served, under state Senator Tom Hayden, as an analyst to the CA Senate Natural Resources Committee and has worked with environmental organizations including Greenpeace and the Environmental Project on Central America. In addition to her many years of US-based work, Lisa worked for two years leading a globalization project with the Congress of South African Trade Unions in Johannesburg and has coordinated the prominent global fair trade network “Our World Is Not For Sale.” Lisa serves or has served on boards of organizations including the California Fair Trade Coalition, Working Partnerships USA, United for a Fair Economy and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. Lisa is fluent in Spanish. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two sons. [1]

Former Director California at BlueGreen Alliance Foundation.


Lisa Hoyos graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley where she received degrees in peace and conflict studies and psychology.

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Lisa Hoyos served on the Board of Directors Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements[2].


Prior to working in South Africa, Lisa Hoyos was the political and organizing director[3]of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, where her primary roles were to build the capacity of unions to elect public officials, implement policies which support working families, and support the organizing campaigns of local unions.

Prior to assuming this position, she was the education coordinator of Working Partnerships, the policy non-profit affiliated with the Labor Council. In that role, she designed a leadership institute which brought labor and community activists, clergy, and policymakers together to study and develop progressive economic policy.

Hoyos also worked for two years on the staff of State Senator Tom Hayden and as a legislative analyst with the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Her experience in the environmental movement includes working as an organizer with Greenpeace and on the staff of the Environmental Project on Central America. Prior labor movement experience includes working for two years organizing Latino immigrant workers with the Justice for Janitors Campaign. Lisa Hoyos is also a trainer with Just Economics, an organization focusing on economics education and popular education.

LNS Board

Labor Network for Sustainability board, July 2018;[4]