We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Nava and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what matters most to you?
The value or principle that matters most to me can be deified in a quote by Margaret Mead. “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that can.” The accomplishments of one individual can be great, but the collective action and commitment form a. group of citizens excercising their rights can make cultural and systemic change that lats through generations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a community activist I have always listened first and searched for understanding of the human element behind a problem. I have tried to Center my work in what people can do from where they stand, tackling the apathy and overwhelming nature of the cultural times we live in. It has been difficult over these last four years since our groups founding at times due to personal strife and tragedy. Remaining open to others, sharing vulnerability and always, always coming back to a place of love, utmost importantly NOT quitting. In a divisive political and cultural time, it’s important to honor each other. Understand each others journey to action, honor each others experiences and opinions, listen to the obstacles encountered along the way and find something that unites us. It’s easy to stay angry at injustice, but we must stay focussed on the way forward and anger, although motivating, does not always sustain a movement or individual action. I’d like the world to know that its the everyday actions of our citizens that can make the most impact on our communities, one person stepping forward can encourage others to do so and create change at our doorsteps. Although we have government officials and leaders we love or hate, it is us, the American citizens that can create change in our everyday life, no matter who is at the top.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This part is fun! Our family has a long history in the restaurant business and are avid fans of getting out in nature! First stop- Georges in Cardiff, California. World class beach, tidepools, surfing and wildlife and a great view of the San Elijo Lagoon. A quick walk across the street for a margarita and fish taco at Las Olas Second stop, Balboa Park for some San Diego History, beautiful outdoor spaces and then on to Old Town for some more tacos! Finally, we have to get a stop in to Kate Sessions park with the dogs and an incredible view of the City. Coffee at the famous Leucadian coffee house, The Pannikin, a trip to the local farmers market to get supplies for a family style potluck where we dine outside and eat fresh locally sourced food with friends and family .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge debt of gratitude to my friend and mentor, Max Disposti, Director of theNorth County LGBTQ Resource Center. Max has been a lifelong activist and his work is centered in supporting people and causes that advance the freedom, value of human diversity and a methodical approach to organizing that makes a large daunting job , doable and centered in positive outcomes. Max taught me about relationship building and always moving forward