Lisa Coffman defines “disparity” as a lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference.

But where we lack something, there exists an opportunity to add, to expand, to share, to grow.

 My name is Lisa, and I am exploring issues of disparity for Cracked & Golden.

 Along with you, I will shed light on disparities big and small. Most importantly, and also with you, I will be bold and creative in identifying and implementing strategies to address disparities.

 I’m no expert in any of this — just one person with a love for family, friends, music and belly laughs.

 I have more than 25 years of experience working in nonprofits, as well as state, local and federal government. My work and my life have always revolved around serving and honoring people and working to ensure that all people are able to live life to the fullest.

 While this is a serious subject, and I am serious about it, that doesn’t mean I’m a killjoy or someone who sees doom and gloom. I’m a person of faith, which allows me to be grounded in hope and optimism. I also love music and dancing, and I believe in the power of 15-minute dance parties to everything from Aretha to Beyoncé to Megan Thee Stallion to help stir problem-solving and creativity. So, don’t be too bothered if, in the middle of a story about the challenges faced by first-generation college students, you get a couple of verses from some random song to highlight a point.

 We established Cracked & Golden following kintsugi principles: kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that, in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.

Lifting up society’s brokenness around race, gender, class, age, ability, income, orientation, etc., and stitching them together with gold principles of wholeness, equity, redemption and accessibility is something I’m excited about. 

I hope you are, too.