Woman of Vision 2016: Clarissa Doutherd

Clarissa Doutherd is the Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland, an East Bay chapter of Parent Voices California. She comes to the organization with over a decade of experience working for grassroots, non-profit organizations. Clarissa discovered her passion for child care advocacy when she lost a much needed child care subsidy for her then 3 year old son, Xavier. After struggling to access services, she was recruited as a parent leader to Parent Voices, where she developed a passion for community organizing, and mass mobilization for anti-poverty initiatives. Clarissa has been a strong advocate for mothers like herself who were caught in the crosshairs of ineffective public policy.

In addition to supporting Parent Voices Statewide campaigns, she has worked to decrease the number of mothers in Oakland waitlisted for for child care subsidies. As a collaborative movement builder, Clarissa has forged deep partnerships with large local Government agencies including the County Social Services Agency, Public Health, and Behavioral Health Services. After stepping into leadership as the Co-Chair on the Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee with First 5 of Alameda County, Clarissa led efforts to refocus the group to become a cross sector collaborative which brings together community based organizations, parents and service providers to advance innovative strategies for County-wide systems change; and develops leadership pipelines for families to have increased influence and decision making power in City and County policy-making.  Clarissa developed a comprehensive leadership development program, which has trained over 300 parents since 2013. She currently sits on the steering committee for the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council, the 18th Assembly District Education Advisory Committee, and was appointed by City Council to be the Sector 4 representative for the Child Care Development Block Grant for the City of Oakland. Clarissa resides in Oakland, California with Xavier who is now 8 years old.

 

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