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Alisa Swidler
Global Humanitarian

Advisor, Relevé Fashion

Original interview with Raia Gomez from 2015.

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.

From the early days to what's currently on your plate

I worked for Mayor Giuliani in NYC before working for Burson Marsteller doing PR. I then started having children, moved to London and got involved with Hillary Clinton's first run for President.

At the moment, I'm planning a huge number of events in London and NYC in Q4, including a small dinner with Ted Turner for his Captain Planet Foundation, a dinner for IWC and Song Saa in London, a drinks party for Mayor Boris Johnson with an auction of photography judged by 12 celebrities and our annual Thanksgiving dinner for 100 at home.

The rhyme or reason

I genuinely feel it is important to do what we can to make the world a better place. There is poverty everywhere, on everyone's doorstep, and it's a choice to ignore it or become engaged.

One day, I'll look back and laugh at this...

My children make me laugh all the time, it's way more entertaining than the tele.

Professionally, it's frustrating when people say no to what I would consider to be a very small ask in terms of time. And it's even more frustrating when organisations ask for help and don't follow through. I also assume that all people are lateral thinkers but most aren't.

When the going gets tough...

I remind myself that my children are healthy, my husband is healthy - I have nothing to moan about.

Full speed ahead

The presidential election is a big deal and even when things seem to settle down I will get asked for help with a project the next day. I love that.

The moments that make it all worth it

When I am able to connect people to decision makers and that connection has a major impact on society.

#Hero

My husband.

Words to live by

All I want is world peace and a pedicure.

Alisa Swidler
Global Humanitarian

Advisor, Relevé Fashion

Original interview with Raia Gomez from 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.

From the early days to what's currently on your plate

I worked for Mayor Giuliani in NYC before working for Burson Marsteller doing PR. I then started having children, moved to London and got involved with Hillary Clinton's first run for President.

At the moment, I'm planning a huge number of events in London and NYC in Q4, including a small dinner with Ted Turner for his Captain Planet Foundation, a dinner for IWC and Song Saa in London, a drinks party for Mayor Boris Johnson with an auction of photography judged by 12 celebrities and our annual Thanksgiving dinner for 100 at home.

The rhyme or reason

I genuinely feel it is important to do what we can to make the world a better place. There is poverty everywhere, on everyone's doorstep, and it's a choice to ignore it or become engaged.

One day, I'll look back and laugh at this...

My children make me laugh all the time, it's way more entertaining than the tele.

Professionally, it's frustrating when people say no to what I would consider to be a very small ask in terms of time. And it's even more frustrating when organisations ask for help and don't follow through. I also assume that all people are lateral thinkers but most aren't.

When the going gets tough...

I remind myself that my children are healthy, my husband is healthy - I have nothing to moan about.

Full speed ahead

The presidential election is a big deal and even when things seem to settle down I will get asked for help with a project the next day. I love that.

The moments that make it all worth it

When I am able to connect people to decision makers and that connection has a major impact on society.

#Hero

My husband.

Words to live by

All I want is world peace and a pedicure.

Alisa Swidler
Global Humanitarian

Advisor, Relevé Fashion

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.

From the early days to what's currently on your plate

I worked for Mayor Giuliani in NYC before working for Burson Marsteller doing PR. I then started having children, moved to London and got involved with Hillary Clinton's first run for President.

At the moment, I'm planning a huge number of events in London and NYC in Q4, including a small dinner with Ted Turner for his Captain Planet Foundation, a dinner for IWC and Song Saa in London, a drinks party for Mayor Boris Johnson with an auction of photography judged by 12 celebrities and our annual Thanksgiving dinner for 100 at home.

The rhyme or reason

I genuinely feel it is important to do what we can to make the world a better place. There is poverty everywhere, on everyone's doorstep, and it's a choice to ignore it or become engaged.

One day, I'll look back and laugh at this...

My children make me laugh all the time, it's way more entertaining than the tele.

Professionally, it's frustrating when people say no to what I would consider to be a very small ask in terms of time. And it's even more frustrating when organisations ask for help and don't follow through. I also assume that all people are lateral thinkers but most aren't.

When the going gets tough...

I remind myself that my children are healthy, my husband is healthy - I have nothing to moan about.

Full speed ahead

The presidential election is a big deal and even when things seem to settle down I will get asked for help with a project the next day. I love that.

The moments that make it all worth it

When I am able to connect people to decision makers and that connection has a major impact on society.

#Hero

My husband.

Words to live by

All I want is world peace and a pedicure.

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Founder & CEO, Relevé Fashion
Chief Marketing Officer, Relevé Fashion
Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign
Founder, Redress and The R Collective
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Founder, Oramai London

Hear more from Relevé Voices

Founder & CEO, Relevé Fashion
Chief Marketing Officer, Relevé Fashion
Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign
Founder, Redress and The R Collective
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Founder, Oramai London

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