Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Lis-Marie Alvarado

Senior Partnership Officer for Climate & Disaster Justice

Lis-Marie Alvarado serves as the Senior Partnership Officer for Climate & Disaster Justice. Through a reparations and decolonizing grant-making approach, she provides resources to Indigenous & Black frontline organizations that are developing mechanisms that protect Mother Earth, sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, and the health of both people and all living things; prevent climate-forced displacement; and build thriving and sustainable communities.

Lis-Marie is a non-profit leader with more than a decade of experience leading multi-issue grassroots organizations to programmatic, administrative, and financial success. Prior to UUSC, she served as executive director of American Friends Service Committee in Florida. She has founded and co-founded various institutions, including Seeds of Resistance, Somos Abya Yala, and the Madre Tierra Collective.

She is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, popular educator, and community organizer. She is from Nicaragua and has Indigenous & Afro-Latinx roots. Her work, art and praxis address the global climate crisis, dignity for migrants & waged workers, farmworker’s rights, food sovereignty, Indigenous feminisms, reproductive justice, and international solidarity.