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Lisa Schaefer

Director of Financial Services and Tax Policy

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Lisa Schaefer is the Director of Financial Services and Tax Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). In this role, Lisa develops policy solutions to facilitate capital formation for emerging biotechnology companies.

Prior to her current role, she served as the Assistant Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy at the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) focusing on cross-border financial services issues. Prior to joining SIFMA, Lisa lived in Hong Kong for three years coordinating ASIFMA’s response to post-crisis financial reforms across the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Lisa promoted trade and investment in emerging markets around the world at Delphos International, a boutique consultancy, as well as for the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. She also served as an aide in Washington, DC to then-Congressman Brian Bilbray from her home state of California.

Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from San Diego State University and a Masters in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University. She serves on the Board Advisory Committee for Village Focus International, a social impact organization based in Vientiane, Laos working to end human trafficking.

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