Our Team

Lisa Summers

Lisa sees Healing Politics as the culmination of a career that was grounded in clinical care and education before expanding to policy and advocacy. Lisa practiced clinically for 20 years as a nurse and midwife and held faculty positions in schools of nursing and medicine before shifting to health policy work. She spent 11 years at the American College of Nurse-Midwives, where she was Director of Professional Services, and held policy positions at the American Nurses Association and Centering Healthcare Institute. She has spoken and written widely on healthcare policy and advocacy and, for 10 years prior to co-founding Healing Politics, taught health policy at Yale School of Nursing.

Education: BSN University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; MSN Yale University School of Nursing; DrPH Columbia University

Kimberly Gordon

Kimberly brings to Healing Politics her belief that nurses can change the world and her passion for helping them do that. Kimberly is a former cost and budget accountant and current certified registered nurse anesthetist with 20 years of political engagement, campaign work, and advocacy experience at the state and federal level. She has held leadership positions in the corporate world, the healthcare industry, and in multiple professional nursing organizations. Kimberly also teaches policy/advocacy and leadership courses to doctoral nursing students. 

Education: BS – Business Administration John Carroll University; BSN/MSN University of North Carolina – Greensboro; DNP Yale University

Andrew Hyde

Andrew offers Healing Politics a wide range of experience and sound judgment through a lifetime of involvement in politics, policy, and diplomacy. Born and raised inside the Beltway, Andrew started his professional career working on Capitol Hill, including on the personal staff of Virginia Senator John Warner. He served 28 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in posts from Panama to Kabul, and during his diplomatic tenure, worked on multilateral diplomacy, peacebuilding, and governance. He is currently a Senior Fellow and Director with the Transforming Conflict and Governance Program at the Stimson Center, a Washington Think Tank.

Education: BA in International Relations, Economics and Political Science, Dickinson College; Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy, Dwight Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (National Defense University), graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the London School of Economics.

Dawn Adams

Dr. Dawn M Adams recently completed her sixth year as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Her journey began with a groundbreaking victory in the 2017 election, where she unseated a ten-year incumbent. Renowned for her legislative focus on healthcare, Dr. Adams has been a staunch advocate for elderly and vulnerable populations, striving to enhance access to affordable care. Prior to her political career, Dr. Adams was the Director for Office of Integrated health at Virginias DBHDS and served as a health policy professor in the DNP at Old Dominion University. Presently, she is a small business owner specializing telehealth. 

Education: DNP- Old Dominion University, Post-Grad ANP Certification- Virginia Commonwealth University, MSN-University of Virginia, BSN- James Madison University 

Lindsey Harris

Lindsey Harris

Lindsey Harris is a family nurse practitioner and Assistant Professor at the UAB School of Nursing. Active in many nursing associations, Harris is the youngest and the first person of color to serve as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association, and past president of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association. Dr. Harris was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, serving in the office of Representative Lauren Underwoods’ office working towards advancing women’s health equity worldwide.   


Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Samford University; MSN with a concentration in family practice and Doctorate in Nursing Practice – University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. 

Nicholas Carnes, PhD

Nick Carnes, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, serves as the evaluator of Healing Politics programs. Nick is a political scientist whose research, which focuses on American politics, economic and social class inequality, and political representation has been an important foundation for our work at Healing Politics. He is the author of The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office and What We Can Do About It. In 2021, Professor Carnes was the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, the US government’s highest honor for an early career scientist, along with an accompanying $1million research grant.

Education: Ph.D. in Politics and Social Policy, Princeton University; M.A. in Politics, Princeton University; B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), University of Tulsa.

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