Lisa Gottlieb

Co founder of  Selma Cafe, and Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer Candidate, Lisa Gottlieb spent her childhood in Flint, Michigan, raised in a family that gathered round the dinner table each night to share lively conversations and delicious meals made from fresh, simple ingredients. This continues to inform her approach to food, and her love of sharing meals with family and friends. Lisa was influenced by her mother, who was an artist and wonderful cook, and her dad, who taught her that equality and social justice are always worth a good fight. With a passion for making art work, thinking creatively to problem solve, and continually looking for ways to build and support affiliation and connection, Lisa is deeply invested in joining people together in projects that teach them new skills, are valuable to our community, and build opportunities for inclusion, fun, and lots of joy.

In addition to being the operations and general manager of Selma Cafe’s weekly breakfast salon, Lisa is the school social worker for the Washtenaw County Juvenile Jail. Her interest in supporting local food, farm, and garden initiatives motivated her to start a vegetable garden in one of the facility courtyards. The youth in the program help plant, tend and harvest the vegetables, and the produce is used in meals prepared for all to eat. Lisa is also working directly with County administration to create a healthier model for food purchase and preparation in the Juvenile Jail while reducing the overall carbon footprint. Lisa is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and uses the Kripalu traditions of compassion and loving kindness as the foundation for her life and work.

Most recently, Lisa is passionate about sharing Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication at work, in the community, and in SE Michigan. Check out more about NVC at