Lisette Duarte

Lisette Duarte

Program Director
Los Angeles, CA

Lisette Medina-Duarte is a bilingual special education advocate, who partly as a result of her experience raising two children with special health needs on the autism spectrum, has developed a passion for working with underserved and underprivileged communities. Her passion is to amplify the voices of stakeholders to change the education landscape so that all students have access to high-quality education and supports in schools and their community.

Lisette has 20 years of experience in project management, fundraising, event management, and in designing and implementing advocacy campaigns for non-profit organizations. One of her areas of expertise is educational advocacy and disability rights.

In the past, Lisette has served as the co-chair for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Los Angeles Regional Advisory Committee, and on several local/school district leadership committees. She routinely facilitates parent groups and conducts workshops on a variety of topics that relate to achieving equity and reducing achievement gaps in our community.

Currently, Lisette is a contributor, a founding member and Social Media & Community Engagement Director for La Comadre Los Angeles, a blog that is designed to help educate the Latino community about school choices and educational resources. We are pleased to have Lisette continue her good work at, a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Latino immigrant community.