Jarlisa was born and raised along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, but is an East Coast girl at heart. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and Marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, she is an experienced community volunteer with a demonstrated history of working in the nonprofit sector. She has worked with DC Public Schools, the Alexandria Library in Northern VA, and various theatre companies.
In addition to her strong community and social services experience, Jarlisa is also both a visual and performing artist. Combining her creative background and professional experience, Jarlisa's goal is to make the arts more inclusive and accessible for differently abled youth of underserved groups and of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Jarlisa is excited to continue learning and working in youth development with FLIA and Boys & Girls Club of Portland.