Clarisa Alayeto (New York, 2022) is a lifelong Bronx resident who grew up in public housing. She is an alum of the City University of New York system and has a rich history of service to the community. She has dedicated most of her life to youth development, education, and public health. Currently, she serves as the Manager of Community and Government Affairs for Dream Public Charter School Network, serving families in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Before this, Clarisa spent her time organizing against gun violence. In 2011, she founded Yothatzpeace, a grassroots organization focused on ending gun violence among youth living in public housing. Clarisa volunteers with various local groups including her local community board where she served as Vice-Chairperson. In addition, she served on the Community Education Council and recently was appointed to the NYC Public Health Advisory Council. Through all of her work, Clarisa continues to fight to bring true equity to her community so that people can get access to the support and resources they deserve.
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