Clarissa is the Founder of the Writer’s Block Ink, www.writersblockink.org – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and launching diverse young leaders using the arts. Since its inception, the Writer’s Block has helped more than 1,000 at-risk youth in southeastern CT use the arts to transform their lives.
Clarissa is also a global communications executive, consultant and community activist with more than 25 years of experience at some of the world’s largest companies. Her expertise spans financial and professional services, healthcare, software, transportation and utilities sectors. She has held executive leadership roles at several companies including GE, Aon, Exelon, Pfizer, Bayer, and Northwestern Mutual.
Clarissa has served as chief communication advisor for CEO’s running multi-billion-dollar P&L’s at Fortune 50 companies. Her prior roles include Vice President, Corporate Communications, Northwestern Mutual; Vice President, Global Communications, Aon; Vice President, Pepco Holdings Communications, Exelon; Chief Communications Officer, GE Transportation and Global Communications Leader GE Healthcare IT. Clarissa spent 10 years at Pfizer and held several communications leadership roles including head of Communications for Europe, and Global Communications Head of Pfizer’s first generics business unit, which grew from $2B to $18B in four years. She’s led communication plans for international infrastructure deals, mega mergers and acquisitions, data security crisis, workforce restructurings, labor union disputes and significant change management issues. Her expertise spans media relations, marketing, customer, client and employee audiences.
Clarissa focuses on amplifying stories that matter. She specializes in helping leaders, organizations and communities transcend challenges through strategic communication approaches and provocative storytelling.
Clarissa founded the Writer’s Block Ink to help at-risk youth use all aspects of performing arts to ignite social change on the page and stage. Writer’s Block productions address micro and macro social issues ranging from domestic abuse to genocide. Youth enter the program as individual artists and rise to become leaders within the organization and beyond. Past Writer’s Block participants hold leadership roles in the arts and education in communities across the nation.
Clarissa holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of New Haven and a BA in English from Rowan University. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society, Leadership Greater Washington, and has won numerous awards for business excellence and community activism. She has three children and enjoys creative writing and hiking.