Caressa’s passion for empowering others through education and workforce development was sparked from her experience as a first-generation college student. Majoring in Mass Media Studies, Caressa quickly realized that her peers often had a stronger start in terms of academic rigor, enrichment opportunities, financial support, and academic and industry guidance. Once graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors in Mass Media Studies and a Masters in Intercultural Communication, Caressa pursued a career in Public Relations before committing to her life’s work of supporting and empowering underserved communities. For the past ten years, Caressa has worked in a variety of roles in the education sector focused on diversity and belonging, college access, and workforce development.
Outside of work, Caressa splits her time between working towards a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and spending time with family and friends.