Original interview with Raia Gomez in 2016.
It's quite a challenge to figure out where to even begin to describe Alisa Swidler - global humanitarian, leading advocate and philanthropist, trustee of various foundations, executive film producer, magazine editor, international brand ambassador and in case all that's not enough, she's a mother to five wonderful children.
As a Contributing Editor for Town & Country magazine, she writes a weekly column, The A List, which is a global compendium of everything - from the best gala to a new art opening in LA to the best make up artist in London. She is on the boards of the Royal Albert Hall, the global artisan group Nest and The Zeitz Foundation in Kenya. She also serves as a Trustee on the Mayors Fund for London and as a Brand Ambassador for Amanda Wakeley, Lucy Annabella Organics, Positive Luxury and Song Saa private island in Cambodia.
Over the past few years, Alisa has partnered with Sir Paul McCartney, Charlize Theron and with the foundations of President Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson. She's served as an advisor for One World Futbol, The British Red Cross, the I Am Eco Warrior Project, and the Czech Royal Family, again, just to name a few. She even executive produced the film Food Chains about migrant farm workers with Eva Longoria.
Alisa actually walks the talk - she doesn't just genuinely feel that it's important to do what we can to make the world a better place, she's actually doing something about it. In fact, she's doing a whole lot of somethings.
What keeps you busy?
I have five children so I am constantly trying to fit everything around the school run and various sporting matches. I do a lot more calls rather than meetings around potential charitable events. I am also often asked to serve on a judging panel or meet with start-ups in London, and I always say yes.