Clarrissa leads TransForm’s policy and advocacy team, and oversees our partnerships with government agencies. Since joining TransForm in 2013, Clarrissa has led our efforts to ensure Black and brown communities benefit from new mobility, managed the Safe Routes to Transit Grant Program, and been our regional advocate to prioritize low-income communities in several planning efforts around the Bay Area.
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. 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.