Lisel Petis is a resident senior fellow for Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties. She identifies and disseminates criminal justice solutions to influence policy decisions that will promote equity, reduce recidivism and uphold individual liberties.

Prior to R Street, she served as the executive director of Better Tomorrow, which serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. During that time, Lisel launched the Child Advocacy Center for victims of child abuse and was appointed by the 14th Judicial District Chief Judge to a committee that explored pretrial services. She also worked as an attorney covering a variety of areas such as construction, estate, property and business law. She argued a matter of first impression to the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Lisel was a prosecutor for several years, working on everything from attempted murder to robbery cases. For the last five years, she has also been serving on the City Council and helping spearhead the discussion to bring a co-responder program to the local police department.

Lisel received her BA in finance from the University of Colorado and her JD from the University of Denver. She lives in Steamboat Springs, CO with her husband, Geoff, and daughter, Penelope.