Lara joined the Estuary Partnership in December 2018, and focuses on writing grants, supporting programs and developing diverse community partnerships. Most recently, Lara worked at the Confluence Environmental Center as the Program Director. She developed and launched their AmeriCorps program designed to advance environmental justice in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she managed one of the largest environmental stewardship AmeriCorps programs at the Northwest Service Academy. Lara discovered her passion for working with people and nature early on and earned a B.S in Human Development with a focus on curriculum studies and public policy from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Lara also serves as a Board Member for the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter.