Lisa Marie Alatorre, MA is a community organizer, educator, and writer with over 18 years professional work experience from a PIC Abolition and Anti-oppression movement building framework. Born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, she is currently based out of rural Rhode Island. She is a Queer Femme of Indigenous, Mexican, and Jewish descent.

Lisa Marie is currently a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s Crime and Justice Studies department in North Dartmouth, MA. Her work as a community organizer and policy advocate have had direct impacts on preserving the rights of people of color and homeless & poor people locally and nationally, including fighting back criminalization, incarceration, and demanding housing and basic needs. She has formally worked as a community organizer with movement organizations such as Critical Resistance, the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, and the Transformative Justice Law Project in Chicago. Examples of her multi-media projects, campaign work, and research publications can be viewed here.

Lisa Marie earned her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration where she focused on Community Organizing and Public Policy. Lisa Marie was also a 2011 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and recipient of the 2014 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award of Distinction for Women Leaders Under 35. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Middle TN Black & Indigenous Support Fund.

Her long list of passions include voraciously reading, traveling anywhere, cooking+baking, making/altering clothes, gardening, volunteering, learning, and media-making.

To contact Lisa Marie, email her at: lisa.alatorre[at]