Lisa Evans, J.D.

NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Officer

Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

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Ms. Evans, is the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Officer, Office of Extramural Research.  In this position, she serves as an advisor to senior staff, and develops policy and program recommendations to enhance diversity by expanding the pool of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in the NIH funded research portfolio.   Prior to coming to the NIH, Ms. Evans served as the External Compliance Manager for the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and as the lead Senior Civil Rights Analyst on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.   In both positions, she supervised grantee compliance activities for consistency with agency regulations and prevailing civil rights law.

Ms. Evans received her B.A. in Political Science and Black Studies from Amherst College, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and an Earl Warren Legal Scholar.  After graduating from law school, she served as a Pro Se Law Clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.  Ms. Evans entered Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the highly competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1994.  She was a litigator in the Educational Opportunities Litigation Section for six years, where she formulated litigation and enforcement strategies, appeared before district court judges, and negotiated settlement agreements in school desegregation, gender discrimination, and linguistic access cases.  Ms. Evans brought the first linguistic access case in the Civil Rights Division, and worked on the trial team that integrated The Citadel, the formerly all-male military academy in South Carolina.   Ms. Evans also represented DOJ on an Executive Branch task force on affirmative action in education and provided advice to sister agencies.


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