Communications Coordinator, Program Administrator for The Frank Karel Fellowship
Luisa joined Burness in May 2017, starting as an intern and hired full-time as a Communications Coordinator in January 2018. Most of Luisa’s time is spent managing the Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications, a nine-week summer program that matches first-generation and/or minority college students with leading nonprofits in the Greater Washington D.C., area.
A former Karel Fellow herself, Luisa participated in the program in 2016 and was matched with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. During her time at the Leadership Conference, Luisa worked closely with the press secretary to coordinate the release of a study that analyzed the body-worn camera policies of 50 police departments.
Luisa graduated from the University of Florida with a dual degree in Public Relations and Portuguese. While at UF, Luisa was involved with frank, an annual gathering for people who use communications to drive social change. Over the years, she was an ambassador, a fundraising assistant and, eventually, she was invited to speak at the gathering about her experience as a Karel Fellow.
As a Florida native, Luisa enjoys spending her spare time outdoors whether its running, hiking or just basking in the sun.