Lisa Schlager

Vice President Community Affairs, FORCE

Lisa Schlager, who has the BRCA1 mutation herself, manages advocacy, strategic partnerships and community relations for FORCE, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Since learning of her BRCA1 mutation in 1999, Lisa’s mission has been to educate others about the risks of hereditary cancer, and she joined FORCE in 2008 as coordinator for the Washington, D.C. outreach organization.

Her recent successes include passage of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day 2010; formulation of the EARLY Act, passed with the healthcare reform legislation in 2010; and testifying before the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Science on issues related to direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests.

A former marketing communications consultant, Lisa served clients including MCI Communications and Fannie Mae. She has a long history of volunteer work in her local community, synagogue, and schools.  Lisa resides in Washington, DC with her husband Gary and two children.                


What’s In Your Genes? What You Need to Know About Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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