by Haya Luftig
March 5, 2018
Alisa Finsten is the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she oversees the Federation’s civic engagement, Israel Advocacy/Education, and Board of Rabbis programs. Previously, Alisa served as the Director of Grants and Finance in the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety during the administrations of both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Eric Garcetti. In that role, Alisa facilitated inter-agency governing bodies, while developing and maintaining relationships with grantors, and managed projects for federal Homeland Security and Public Safety grants totaling upwards of $300 million. Alisa also served in the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation. Currently, Alisa serves as a member of the Board of Animal Services Commission for the City of Los Angeles.
Prior to coming to the Mayor’s Office in 2008, Alisa spent 10 years working for educational nonprofits in Boston, in New York and in Los Angeles, focusing on program administration and fundraising. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Brandeis University and a Master’s in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.