Leadership Team

Lila Rose

Lila Rose

Founder and President

Lila Rose is a speaker, writer, podcast host, and human rights activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a media and news nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects all human life. Live Action’s groundbreaking news coverage and compelling videos reach millions of people every week. Lila is the host of the “The Lila Rose Show,” a podcast that tackles faith, relationships, culture and politics. Lila’s media appearances include FOX News’ Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight, as well as CNN, BBC, and many other national television and radio programs. Lila’s investigative reporting on the abortion industry has been featured in most major news outlets, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CBS and ABC Nightline. Lila has written for The Hill, Politico, USA Today, and First Things, among others. Lila also speaks internationally on faith, family and cultural issues, and has addressed members of the European Parliament and the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. Lila has been named among National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.”

Josef Lipp

Josef Lipp

Chief Operations Officer

Josef Lipp joined Live Action in 2019 as Chief Operations Officer after nearly five years at a fast-growing software start-up venture. A strategic operations leader, Josef has held multiple leadership roles in the non-profit and private sectors. Before coming to Live Action, Josef helped to scale a business from $0 to $8.4 Million in annual recurring revenue. He brings extensive experience building and developing teams, along with the infrastructure to support them. Josef serves on Live Action’s executive team, strategizing, implementing, and managing the organization’s wide array of initiatives. Josef is married with a young daughter.

Lauren Merz

Lauren Merz

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Lauren has been a fundraiser based in Washington, D.C. for over nine years. Since April 2014, Lauren has been building Live Action’s strategic development and marketing programs, increasing its active donor base from 5,000 to over 30,000 donors. Lauren serves on Live Action’s executive team, setting the organization’s messaging, marketing, and strategy, building their organizational health and culture, and managing their fundraising team. Lauren shares Live Action’s work and mission around the country, and is a popular public speaker on pro-life and cultural issues. Lauren is from an Air Force family, and the oldest of 14 children.