Larisa implements and leads a comprehensive development strategy for the organization, creating new programs and executing innovative fundraising initiatives to help Bread eliminate hunger in all its forms. She is passionate about the spirituality of fundraising, excellence in nonprofit leadership, and a people lover and connector.
Prior to joining Bread, Larisa worked at Sojourners for 15 years, a publication and faith-based social justice advocacy organization, where she served as Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Advertising Sales.
Larisa holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Economic Development from Eastern Mennonite University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.
As part of her degree program at Georgetown, Larisa worked on projects including a plan to scale a values-aligned approach to philanthropic asset management in the sector, a job search platform and service to connect job seekers with climate sustainable job opportunities, a global marketing strategy for a fair trade coffee exporter in Brazil, and a racial equity action plan to advise the Dean of the McDonough School of Business.
Larisa is married to Desmond Hall who is an architect. They live in Silver Spring, Maryland and have two daughters.