A native New Yorker and a child of immigrants, Larissa has been dedicated to work that centers social justice, our built environment, and the well being of community members. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Masters in Urban Planning and a focus on Housing and the Built Environment and has over 10+ years in public service work. Larissa has worked in a variety of fields that include the development and preservation of affordable housing, providing comprehensive care management services, and implementing waste reduction strategies for a more sustainable and cleaner environment. What drives all of her work is the purposeful engagement of people and making sure community benefit comes first. In her free time she likes to throw down some clay and make imperfect jars, and explore all types of cuisines.