Lisha Shrestha brings 16 years of local and international community development work experience to her role as an Executive Director of Division Midway Alliance (DMA). She has previously worked at IRCO, the City of Portland New Portlander Program, and Elders in Action. At present, she is also, pursuing her doctoral degree at Portland State University. Her involvement with the diverse community in Portland brought her recognition in the form of the PSU President’s Diversity Award in 2015 and Community Leader of the Year Spirit of Portland Award in 2017. She is passionate about transforming the needs of individuals and communities into opportunities for economic prosperity.

Lisha’s leadership, vision and dedication to her Midway community is bringing positive change to the community in many ways. In just over four years Lisha has progressed DMA by diversifying the board, hiring local community members on staff, and growing the organization financially. Her commitment to strong community partnerships resulted in securing an office building for the organization in 2022. Lisha’s focus on the community is resulting in transformational change for the area.