Lisa Bates

What do you do for ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach?

I work in community development teams in an effort to bring interior design assistance, resources, and tools to communities to improve their local spaces.

What is the best part of your job?

Learning from and working with different stakeholders in communities and at ISU.

Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know.

Since I was very little, I have asked for a horse every year on my Christmas list. Sadly, not a horse owner yet.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spend time with my family, garden, cross-stitch, or ride horses.

What is one thing you would like to accomplish in this position?

I would like to help make interior design best practices more accessible to improve the places where we work and live.

How do you create a #StrongIowa?

By working creatively across diverse groups.

What have you been up to lately (in your job)?

I have been working with the Local Foods team to research and develop additional resources and tools for local food processing.