As a philanthropic advisor, Larissa understands that philanthropic planning is both a privilege and an opportunity. She works with individuals and families to help them develop and implement strategies around their philanthropy through a myriad of vehicles. She facilitates the creation and execution of giving through family foundations, Donor Advised Funds and other alternative means. Larissa is dedicated to helping her clients uncover their passions and philosophies and to understand and define their values and objectives so as to create a giving strategy that has meaningful impact. Her tailored approach guides her clients along the entire span of their philanthropic journey, meeting them where they are and helping them get to exactly where they want to be.
Prior to her career in philanthropic advising, Larissa spent over 20 years in the nonprofit/development arena including 3 years living abroad. Her experience began in 1997 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia focusing on education, women and children’s health followed by a contract with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in Tanzania working on an HIV/AIDS health information project. Her subsequent career took her down a multitude of paths with positions and contracts for a variety of organizations including the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The Global Health Foundation, The Level Market and The Joyride Collective. Larissa has also worked on state and local issues with the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Finance and the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
Larissa holds an MA in International Development with a certificate in Gender and Health from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU. She also has a BA from Duke University.