SheShinesOn… Lisa Goldblatt Grace, My Life My Choice


Co-founder and Director of My Life My Choice

Co-founded My Life My Choice in 2002

Has worked with vulnerable adolescent girls for 25 years

Ran a shelter for homeless teen mothers before starting MLMC

Mother to 3 kids, 1 dog, and a guinea pig

Grew up in Newton, MA

Q:In one sentence, could you describe your job?

A: I oversee all aspects of our programming, supervise our Admin Team, provide technical assistance and training to service providers in the Commonwealth and nationally, and insure that we build a financially sustainable organization.

Q: Great! And what has been the hardest part about your job?

A: Without question, it is not having enough funds to serve all the girls who need us. Hands down. It isn’t working with our incredible staff or supporting the amazing girls we serve. While we bear witness to a lot of pain, that isn’t the hardest part. That feels like I am right where I am meant to be. The hardest part is not having the money we need to do what needs to be done.

Q: What has surprised you most since starting your work with My Life My Choice?

A: I am not surprised per se … but everyday I am amazed by the strength, resilience, sense of humor, and insight of the adult women survivors who make up our staff. I am incredibly grateful for these women in my life.

Q: Finally, what did you have to learn to do in order to be able to do your job? And what advice would you give to people who are interested in your org’s type of work?

A: I had to learn that the most important voice in this movement to end exploitation is the voice of survivors. This meant learning my role as an ally and a partner.

Get involved! There is a great need to shift the norms in our community – to make sure that we as a society are no longer cosigning the buying and selling of human beings. Become part of the movement – get educated – and make an impact.
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