Senior Community Planner
As Senior Community Planner, Clarrissa currently leads TransForm’s efforts to ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from new mobility, including our region’s equity outreach efforts on bike share as the system expands from 700 to 7,000 bikes. Clarrissa also manages the Safe Routes to Transit Grant Program and has been our regional advocate to prioritize low-income communities in express lanes, the region’s PlanBayArea and various Transit Oriented Development campaigns.
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 East Bay cafe or in the outdoors 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.