As the Engagement Manager at The Trustees, Charissa curates climate justice education, wellness, and culturally relevant events in the East Boston Community. Working with local partners, youth, and local business to bring lively events for the community to enjoy and explore. Growing up in the city and suburbs of Boston, while also spending summers growing food on her grandparents farm in the mountains of Puerto Rico, cultivated in her a diverse perspective on life, the environment, and the places people call home. The combination of her work in retail, non-profit, and regenerative agricultural management has given her a wide scope perspective and ability to weave together the threads for building viable systems. Prior to joining The Trustees, Charissa was a Program Manager at Mass. Farm to School, co-managed Eva’s Garden in South Dartmouth and Revision Urban Farm in Dorchester, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Syracuse University. Most importantly, she loves to eat and grow delicious food, loves being a mother, and loves her relationship with God!