As Associate Director of the Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering, Lisa Sanger Blinn manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute, organizes coordinated activities serving the interdisciplinary needs of Institute faculty and specifically focuses on the development of impactful and diverse STEM outreach opportunities for K-12 partners in the Houston area and throughout the state of Texas. Her prior experience as the Administrative Director of the Gulf Coast Consortia gave her significant experience building successful complex collaborative relationships, budgeting, grant writing and designing programs for public and private enterprises.
Lisa is proud to serve as the Program Director of the innovative IBB Girls BioScience Initiative, an intensive three year preparatory program designed to immerse low & moderate income women of color in cutting-edge biomedical research, address identified weaknesses in their educational background, and foster long-reaching mentoring relationships. Presently a partnership between Rice University and HISD’s Chavez High School, the program is a cutting-edge approach to expanding Houston’s pipeline of female, STEM-trained, college bound high school graduates. Additionally, it provides unique opportunities for Rice undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable teaching and mentoring skills in an ongoing and significant way by matching them directly with program participants for the duration of the three year program.
Prior to coming to Rice in 2003, Lisa served the Houston community in a variety of ways; for three years as a 6th grade teacher in Houston ISD, as the Director of Operations of the Houston regional office of Teach for America, and as a Program Services Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is passionate about empowering others to reach their true potential through educational access, strong mentoring, and leadership training. When Lisa isn’t working with students at Rice, she loves to explore our beautiful Texas Gulf Coast with her husband, create new opportunities for Houston women to achieve their diverse goals through supportive communities, and dig deep into her own varied interests. Lisa received her BA in Art History from Bard College.