Leadership Team

Lila Rose

Lila Rose

Founder and President

Lila Rose is a writer, speaker and activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a human rights nonprofit with the largest digital footprint for the global pro-life movement. Lila is the author of 'Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World." She is the host of “The Lila Rose Show,” a podcast that tackles relationships, faith, culture, and politics. Lila’s investigative reporting on the abortion industry has been featured in most major news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, CBS and ABC Nightline. Lila has written for the Hill, Politico, USA Today, and First Things, among others. Lila speaks internationally on family and cultural issues, and has addressed members of the European Parliament and spoken at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has been named among National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lila lives in California with her husband and son.

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.