Lisette Carbajal became an advocate for an end to Alzheimer’s disease when her father was diagnosed during her third year in college. She has dedicated her time to increasing awareness about the disease and raising funds for Alzheimer's research. Through her own experience with her father, Lisette recognized the difficulty of navigating the healthcare system as a young adult caring for an aging parent. Lisette is committed to be a voice for millennial caregivers experiencing these same challenges.
Lisette's father, Jose Carbajal, passed away in January 2019, but she continues to advocate for change in aging healthcare and fight to end Alzheimer's in her father's honor.
Lisette’s passion led her to seek a professional career in health care. She is currently the Director of Government Affairs of the Virginia Health Care Association. Prior to joining the Virginia Health Care Association, she was Government and Industry Relations Manager at Genworth. Earlier in her career, Lisette worked at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as a Policy Advisor and Community Integration Coordinator. In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed her as a Policy Analyst in his Policy Office and as Virginia’s Latino Liaison. In this role, she advised the Governor on policy and legislative priorities related to the Secretary of Administration, Secretary of Technology, and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs with a concentration in Latin America. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Lisette served on the Virginia Board of Health Professions and currently serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter Board of Directors.
Lisette's parents immigrated from Lima, Peru. Despite being born in the United States, English is her second language. She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Graham Elder.