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Lisa Small has served as a Career Specialist with the Business Education Partnerships Division of UNITE-LA, since 2015. In this role, Small manages the Chamber’s partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) developing work based learning experiences that will prepare incarcerated and underserved youth with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s growing workforce and pursue careers of choice. Through these efforts, Small engages cross-sector leaders and develops strategic partnerships to invest in the next generation of Los Angeles thought leaders, inclusive of all students. In addition, she provides project management, development, and programmatic support to the Chamber’s Smart Justice and Education Policy initiatives, working to dismantle the school to prison pipeline through the lens of programs, policy, and systems change. Previously, Small worked to develop education policy and advocacy campaigns on behalf of foster youth and other underserved populations during her time at The Advancement Project and provided therapeutic interventions to acute adolescents and adults through her work at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center. Small earned her Master of Social Work, with an emphasis in Community Organization, Planning, and Administration, and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis.