Caressa Chester supports the Coastal Community Resilience Program by assisting with the program’s increasing number of planning and outreach efforts and the continuous development of Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund. In providing administrative support, she aids in the capacity and reach of the Foundation’s efforts to serve and empower coastal communities. Caressa is passionate about addressing the ways that environmental destruction continues to marginalize those that are already vulnerable.
By addressing inequity at its root, she believes we can strategize about the future with community at the forefront. Caressa has a variety of experience in environmental work from non-profits, teaching, and via an independent business. She believes that nature is a space of healing, empowerment and wellbeing, and is interested in all of the ways appreciation for, preservation of, and adaptation with water and land can be achieved.
Caressa comes to us from Bricolage Academy in New Orleans, where she served as the Garden Program Coordinator and Teacher. In this role, she kick-started Bricolage’s new school garden, which worked to help students understand the connection between nature, art, science and food. Caressa previously served as the Major Gifts Assistant at Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Ariz. She has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Arizona.