Lisa Canini

Subcommittee Director, House Committee on Homeland Security

Lisa Canini is a senior congressional staffer with the U.S. House of Representatives. She has served as the Director of the Homeland Security Committee’s Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability Subcommittee since February 2019. Ms. Canini leads the Subcommittee in providing oversight of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) management issues and operations. She has organized over 20 congressional hearings and played a pivotal role in developing over a dozen House passed bills, seven of which were enacted into law. She also conducts investigations into issues that may have broad implications throughout DHS, including allegations of whistleblower retaliation. Prior to joining the Committee, Ms. Canini worked at the Government Accountability Office for over a decade leading efforts to improve DHS programs, particularly maritime and transportation security initiatives, and Secret Service operations. During that time, she earned several awards, including a Meritorious Service Award. Ms. Canini, a California native, earned her M.A. in National Security Studies from California State University San Bernardino and B.A. in Political Science from Sonoma State University.