Child Welfare Deputy
Lisa Pinto is the Child Welfare Deputy for Supervisor Kuehl. She began her legal career as an attorney working in the Los Angeles County Dependency Court system representing neglected and abused children. She is pleased to join Supervisor Kuehl to further examine ways to improve the foster care system and is delighted to return to the field for which she is passionate.
Prior to joining Supervisor Kuehl, Lisa served as the District Director to two successive Members of Congress in West Los Angeles. From 1996 through 2014, Lisa acted as District Director to Congressman Henry Waxman, who retired in 2014. She then joined Congressman Ted Lieu during his Freshman term in Congress, from 2014 through 2016.
In her capacity as District Director, Lisa was solely responsible for developing and overseeing constituent outreach, field operations and community engagement programs. She acted as a senior advisor, contributing to the strategy and mission of both Members of Congress. Lisa was also the surrogate for Congressmen Waxman and Lieu, responding to and resolving regional issues and acting as the point of contact for elected officials, federal agencies and community leaders. Lisa was gratified to assist Congressman Waxman in concluding his significant work in Congress while assisting Congressman Lieu in developing his priorities as a Freshman Member of Congress.
During her tenure, Lisa became engaged in issues regarding the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. She became an expert on creating and implementing a Master Plan for the property and addressing homelessness among Veterans. Lisa led the effort on the ground and was instrumental in the signing into law of H.R. 5936, the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2016. The law grants permission to the US Department of Veterans Affairs to develop permanent supportive housing for Veterans on the West LA VA, which was previously prohibited on the property.
Lisa graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a concentration in Business Administration. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis.
Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Stella.