Independent Historian

Lisa Tompkins Sa’adeh is the founder of Black Emerald City, a tour and events company that conducts Black heritage tours throughout the Pacific Northwest and seeks preservation of relevant historical landmarks. She spent several years working in business, government and non-profits, as well as enjoying many years as an adjunct professor, teaching Global Business, Leadership and Management courses.

Lisa was raised by two passionate community leaders and civil rights activists, with her three sisters, in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, an important historical outpost of the Buffalo Soldiers. An amateur genealogist, Lisa is continually discovering the rich history of her ancestors.

Lisa has a BA in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College, an MBA in Global Management and an MS in Paralegal Studies from The George Washington University.