Lisa Lai

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Template:TOCnestleft Lisa Lai is a Des Moines Iowa activist. She is a Biologist / Software Engineer.

Lisa Lai is the co-founder and treasurer of the Heart of Iowa Democratic Socialists of America chapter.

She was very active in the Sanders campaign and in fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She says she felt the need to push for more radical, leftist politics in Ames.

“I’m the daughter of immigrants,” she says. “I grew up seeing firsthand all the different ways I was disadvantaged, because of being poor, being a minority, and being an immigrant. I grew up on food stamps and Medicaid, arguably socialist programs, so I’m a living testament to how working class people can be elevated when we collectively decide to invest in the dignity and humanity of all people.”[1]


  • University of Washington, M.S. Field Of Study Bioresource Science
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.S. Field Of Study Integrative Biology, Economics


In 2017 Lisa Lai was contact for Heart of Iowa Democratic Socialists of America.[2]

DSA Cadre

Tom Brantseg is active in Heart of Iowa Democratic Socialists of America.


Left Tom Brantseg, center right Lisa Lai.

Iowa DSA-Social/Non-Business facebook group

In September 2017 Lisa Lai was a member of the Iowa DSA-Social/Non-Business public facebook group.

DSA of Iowa public Facebook group

In September 2017 Lisa Lai was a member of the Democratic Socialists of Iowa public Facebook group.

DSA Prairie Dog Caucus


Members of DSA Prairie Dog Caucus closed Facebook group, as of December 30, 2017, included Lisa Lai.[3]

Socialist Feminists of Iowa

Socialist Feminists of Iowa is a group for self-identifying women and non-binary folks to share resources and DSA affiliated Socialist Feminist events happening in Iowa. [4]

Members as of February 21 2018 included Lisa Lai.