Alisa is a widely-respected and effective leader in the Arlington community.
She has spent the last 35 years contributing to public safety at Tarrant County 9-1-1, owning her own small business, and serving as a leader for non-profits like the Red Cross, YMCA, NAACP, and ACLU. Now she’s ready to fight for you in the state capital.
Growing up in a big Texas family
Alisa is a 6th-generation Texan and Marine Mom who comes from a family of strong, hard-working folks with deep roots. Her father’s family was the first Black family to settle in Pflugerville, Texas, where her grandfather (who was never seen without his classic Stetson) built his family home with his own hands. After the passing of her maternal grandmother, Alisa’s grandfather raised his children alone while working as a laborer building some of the state’s busiest highways. Alisa’s mother was an active CWA union member at Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), eventually “retiring” to become an American Airlines flight attendant. Her father was a dedicated and iconic Austin city bus driver for three decades and a member of ATU Local 1901.
Growing up, Alisa’s parents taught her the value of self-reliance, fairness, honesty, humbleness, and service to others, which she passed on to her own children. Her eldest son is a project manager for a major corporate sports brand and her youngest serves our country as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. When Alisa’s sister passed away without warning in 1997 due to a sudden aneurysm, Alisa immediately became “Mom” to her 8-year-old niece, Tiffany, as well. These days, Alisa still has all her kids’ favorite snacks in her pantry for when they come home to visit, and a box of Cap’n Crunch for herself when she’s working late.
Standing up for the Arlington community
Alisa spent 22 years in public safety working for Tarrant County 9-1-1 District, supporting local EMS, police, and fire departments. She currently owns her own small business and understands first-hand the choices and challenges that go into making the bottom line. She is passionate about supporting fellow small businesses, strengthening the local economy, and creating opportunities for others to succeed.
One of her most impactful accomplishments is her fight for local businesses during the Texas Live! development project. As president of the Arlington NAACP, Alisa was at the table from day one. She worked with the city, the Texas Rangers, and the developer to make sure Arlington businesses were included and prioritized in the construction and contract awards. The original project goal was 25% minority-owned business participation, but through her advocacy, the $250M project concluded with over 40% inclusion of minority-owned and local contractors.
Fighting for what matters
Alisa is running for the Texas State House to continue her commitment to service. In Austin, she will fight to improve our healthcare system and make sure that everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare. She’ll work to fully fund and improve our schools so that our kids have the tools they need to be successful. As a CHL holder of over 20 years who goes to the range regularly with her niece, she understands the importance of second amendment rights and gun safety legislation.
Alisa believes that it’s time to end the hyper-partisanship that dominates Austin and use common sense to solve problems facing Texas families. She’s spent decades bringing people together to solve problems in Arlington, Pantego, and Dalworthington Gardens. She’ll work across the aisle to get things done like improving our infrastructure and lowering property taxes for residents in HD 94. When it’s time to fight for Arlington, she’s the person we want in our corner.
Tell me what matters to you!
I am running for office because I want to represent you. Let me know which issues you care about most.