is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Sister District, which builds enduring progressive power in state legislatures by winning elections, supporting organizers, developing legislators, and educating and empowering. Previously, as the Director of Engagement and Partnerships, she successfully led the expansion of the organization's national volunteer infrastructure to over 150 active teams and affiliates, which have raised over $3.6m for state legislative candidates and reached out to over 3m voters through doors, calls, texts, and postcards on behalf of nearly 120 races in 17 states. Prior to Sister District, Lala was an attorney in the environment and energy group at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Prior to that, she clerked for federal judges in the Northern District of California and the District of Massachusetts. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley, School of Law.
The Rio Grande Guardian was the first online newspaper to launch on the South Texas border, starting out in July, 2005. It is still the market leader, setting the pace and breaking news often before traditional media outlets.