Senior Community Planner
As Senior Community Planner, Clarrissa is currently working on local transit-oriented development planning efforts in South San Francisco and Concord. Clarrissa also manages the Safe Routes to Transit Grant Program. She is our regional advocate to ensure equity, choice, and innovation in the region’s adopted Sustainable Communities Strategy and future Express Lanes Network.
Previously, Clarrissa provided campaign and research support to Urban Habitat and the Los Angeles-based Bus Riders Union to evaluate public transportation service for disadvantaged communities. Clarrissa was introduced to the world of transportation planning at Asian Neighborhood Design through Central Subway design charettes with SF Chinatown community members. And she has experience as a consultant to a diversity of government agencies in policy evaluation, stakeholder engagement, organizational development, and project management. She is passionate about improving the built environment for community health and distilling complex data into meaningful visuals to enrich the discussion around policy decisions and planning processes. She owes her love of data analysis to a couple of summers working at Google, where she learned to navigate her way around an Excel spreadsheet.
Clarrissa enjoys the thrill of exploring cities as a pedestrian, cyclist, and transit enthusiast, and can be found most days in an Oakland cafe or roaming the streets of Emeryville with her dog, Poppy. Clarrissa received her BA in Ethnic Studies with a minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and her Masters in Urban Planning with concentration in Transportation Policy and Planning at UCLA.