Lisa Snell is Director of Education at Reason Foundation, where she directs Reason’s research and outreach on school choice and school finance reform including student-based funding. She has testified before the California State Legislature and numerous government agencies and authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers. In 2015 Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Lisa to the Classrooms First Commission to help redesign school funding in the state of Arizona.
Lisa is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine and is a regular contributor to the Orange County Register. Her commentary has also appeared in Education Week, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.
Prior to joining Reason, Lisa coached Forensics and Debate and taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in Communication from California State University, Fullerton.
Lisa and her husband, Mike, an accountant and prolific blogger better known as The Wine Commonsewer, are the proud parents of public school products Jacob and Katie. The Snell family lives at Casa de las Rocas Grandes in Lake Mathews, California.