Luisa is a senior coordinator at Burness. She started off as an intern in 2017 and was hired full-time 6 months later. Half of Luisa’s time is spent managing the Frank Karel Fellowship, a summer program that matches first-generation and/or minority college students with leading nonprofits in the D.C. area. A former Karel Fellow herself, Luisa spent a summer working on human rights issues at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. 

The other half of Luisa’s time is spent working with clients, like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Voices for Healthy Kids and ChangeLab Solutions, to elevate and advance issues related to children’s health. Luisa helps clients with their messaging, media pitching, policymaker outreach, project management and event planning needs. 

Prior to joining Burness, Luisa interned at Fleishman Hillard and the Miami Herald. She graduated from the University of Florida with a dual degree in public relations and Portuguese. Luisa spends most of her spare time (and money) flying back and forth between Miami, San Francisco, Colombia and Texas visiting family and friends.