Staff Biography

Lisa A. Hayes

Vice President, Strategy, General Counsel

Lisa A. Hayes

Vice President, Strategy, General Counsel

Lisa A. Hayes is CDT’s Vice President, Programs and Strategy.

Lisa has deep experience in law, public policy and nonprofit governance. She works across the organization to improve internal operations and strategic positioning, produce impactful events, manage court strategy, and facilitate external relations.

Since 2007, Lisa has been a part of the leadership team at national nonprofits working on program management, strategy, government relations, grasstops outreach, fundraising, and providing legal counsel. Her legal focus has centered on constitutional law and policy, with an emphasis on the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendment.

Earlier in her career, Lisa spent a decade in private practice, and was a partner in a Seattle law firm. She served as lead counsel in more than a dozen trials and appeals, and successfully argued hundreds of motions. Her career started in criminal defense when she argued for a new trial in a death penalty matter before the Ninth Circuit two weeks after being admitted to the bar. She later represented a variety of clients, including technology corporations fighting contractual disputes and a library system refusing to produce patron reading records.

Lisa has a special passion for combatting inequality and finding ways to use technology to improve the lives of all people. She currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors for Lotus Circle, a Global Network for Women. When in private practice, Lisa was appointed by the Chief Justice of Washington State Supreme Court to the Gender & Justice Commission, and served as chair of the Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee. She also spent significant time coordinating legal clinics to help the homeless and volunteering for organizations focused on poverty issues in the US and abroad.

Lisa completed her J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law, where she was president of the Moot Court Honor Board and and an editor of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Review. She received her B.A. from Boston University, cum laude. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter.