“For nearly four years, I worked with Luisa to develop a strategy to reform youth Justice in the US. As my superior, Luisa never talked down to me or made me feel less than. Instead, she truly listened to my input, and challenged me to rise to my potential by modeling behavior and strategic thinking skills that will inform my work throughout my entire career.
Luisa pushed me to take on work that was outside of my comfort zone, and these ended up being transformative learning experiences. She never gave me assignments for the sake of just getting work done; instead, she infused a pedagogical angle in everything, and really prioritized my learning throughout each exercise. On a personal level, Luisa is a mentor and a coach, constantly demonstrating and talking through ways in which to successfully navigate complicated institutions and situations, as a woman, as an ambitious young person, as an intellectual.
The lessons I learned from Luisa will carry me through the next steps in my career, and I will continue to seek her wisdom no matter where I go. Perhaps most importantly, Luisa has a unique ability to instill confidence and see latent talent in individuals that others may miss, and it is this attribute that makes her especially equipped to manage teams and achieve amazing results by allowing everyone to actualize his or her potential.”