As the Program Manager at Mass Farm to School, Charissa oversees their professional development offerings and works with school nutrition staff, farmers/fishermen/food producers, distributors, educators, and other farm to school stakeholders to drive local food sourcing and education in schools across the Commonwealth. 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 Mass. Farm to School, Charissa 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!