Social awareness nonprofit Lyrical Opposition has made Charissa Price its Operations Director. Charissa has volunteered for the organization in a range of roles previously and aligns strongly with its mission of spreading hope and raising awareness through lyrical arts.
Charissa joined Lyrical Opposition in 2020 when she returned to California from Africa as the pandemic escalated. She had been volunteering with Mercy Ships, helping to provide free healthcare to West African countries. Despite living on a boat for around seven months, she actually gets seasick, and she plans on returning to her former role when the global situation allows.
Charissa has a degree in Child Development and graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University. She currently works full-time as a kindergarten teacher and dedicates her spare time to her role with Lyrical Opposition. She is especially proud of being able to contribute and support the global conversation around minority rights.
“We've been able to respond to a lot of the rise in hate crimes against Black and Asian Americans,” she says. “We’ve been able to offer book clubs with books that are relevant to what's happening, books are written by minority authors and about their journeys, and their immigrant stories. The most rewarding thing is that we're able to facilitate a place where people can go and do something, or process what's happening in the world right now. As much as I'm sure it's helping people, it also helps us as a staff to be able to kind of cope with what's going on too.”
Charissa is an avid reader and has memorized her library card numbers. She also collects passport stamps, though with three pages still to fill and her passport due to expire in 2022, she’s not sure she’ll be able to fill the remaining space. She is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants in the MLB and remembers being in the stands for Travis Ishikawa’s famous walk-off home run that won the NLCS in 2014.