is a seasoned professional with over two decades of legal, policy, and grant making experience. Prior to founding Taveras3 Consulting, LLC Luisa served as program officer with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) from 2010 to 2016, where she managed several grant-making portfolios, averaging $5 million annually, at the intersection of justice, employment, education, and immigration. She developed key investment strategies designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people and to advance the Sixth Amendment right to quality representation for poor people accused of crimes. Prior to joining OSF, she held leadership positions with the Vera Institute of Justice and the Center for Court Innovation (2003 – 2009), where she worked in collaboration with government and community stakeholders to advance systemic reform. Prior to her transition to systemic reform and philanthropy, Luisa had a successful career as a trial attorney (1993-2003) in New York City with Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) and SEIU, 32BJ Legal Fund representing clients in Criminal, Supreme, and Family Court, in all aspects of their legal matters from pre-arrest intervention through verdict or settlement. She also represented clients before federal, state, and city agencies in collateral matters related to deportation, driving infractions, school suspension, and housing eviction.
Luisa holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. She is admitted to the NYS First Judicial Department, the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a member of the American Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University. Luisa is also a Coro Leadership New York Fellow and holds professional certifications in executive leadership from New York University School of Social Work and FranklinCovey; financial management from the U.K. based Management Accounting for Non-governmental Organisations (MANGO) and Non-profit Finance Fund (NFF); and, professional coaching from the Center for Coaching Certification, an International Coach Federation member.