Lisa Vorderbrueggen leads BIA|Bay Area’s governmental affairs advocacy efforts in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties. She joined the association in March 2014 after a 25-year journalism career. As a reporter, editor and political columnist for the Bay Area News Group and the Contra Costa Times, she covered everything from city council elections to transportation sales tax campaigns to major land-use initiatives, and was instrumental in the production of dozens of televised candidate round-tables for more than a decade. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Vorderbrueggen earned her journalism degree at the University of Nevada-Reno and began her career at the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, Nev. She also worked as a national correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the Las Vegas Journal and was the Carson City Bureau Chief for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Her work has been recognized by the Nevada and California press associations and she appeared in two Emmy-award winning documentaries about the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Vorderbrueggen lives in Martinez with her husband, Joe. She enjoys photography, sailing and her 14 grandchildren.