Clarissa is a mother and lifelong Riverside County resident who has devoted her career to empowering working families, fighting for social justice, and increasing participation in local, state, and national elections.
As a Legislative Field Representative to Councilmember Andy Melendrez, Clarissa helped residents solve problems and navigate City Hall, while working to improve and protect the quality of life in Ward 2. She also served as an organizer for SEIU 121RN, representing over 8,500 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in Riverside County and throughout Southern California. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and her Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona.
Clarissa is running for City Council to represent the growing and diverse population that encompasses the City of Riverside. Her extensive legislative and community experiences at Riverside City Hall and beyond, give her a unique perspective of policy, community building and an understanding of how to deliver lasting results for the neighbors within Ward 2.