Lisa Coen brings over 25 years of government affairs, public affairs, political, and legal experience to Avenue Strategies. She has deep corporate affairs experience in the private sector, particularly in health care, food security, and trade. She also maintains a strong commitment to public service. During the 2016 campaign cycle, she worked as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Carson for President Campaign. During the 2016 campaign cycle, she worked as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Dr. Ben Carson for President campaign.
Prior to that, while working in the Administration of President George W. Bush, Lisa built a strong understanding of the interagency process and relevant agencies and departments focused on domestic and global economics and trade. She served as White House National Security Council Director and managed the G-8 (now G-20) process, which prioritized global public health, energy security, education, and international trade issues. She also served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ASEAN, Australia, and New Zealand) and as Deputy Assistant USTR for Congressional Affairs. In addition, she supported the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs on regional economic issues involving the Middle East and North Africa and policy issues relating to trade, sanctions, export controls, investment, and energy security. Early in her career, Lisa also worked for Senator John Chafee (R-RI), a Senate Finance Committee member, on trade issues.
In recent years, Lisa built a strong track record in the results-driven private sector. She has experience creating effective external affairs programs on substantive policy issues and has implemented impactful engagement strategies with many U.S. and global stakeholders.
Lisa worked previously as Vice President and Head of Global Public and Government affairs at Bayer CropScience on global food security issues. Before that, she led the Novartis Vaccines Government Affairs and Policy team, helping to foster improved product market access and global public health, and was Vice President of Public Affairs at Pfizer, working to improve biopharmaceutical product access for patients in developed and emerging markets.
Lisa received her law degree from George Washington University and her master’s degree in communications and public relations from Georgetown University, both with academic honors. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.