State Voices

Lariena D. Matthews

Director of Operations

Lariena D. Matthews is State Voices’ Director of Operations.  She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day internal operations of State Voices; the activities of the Executive Office and plays a critical role in keeping the Executive Director’s office functioning smoothly.  Lariena helps State Voices fulfill its mission by ensuring strong internal operations, fiscal health, board relations, event management, HR processes and policies, and creating a work culture that is reflective of our values.

Lariena has a background in event planning and fundraising, having worked in both the nonprofit and corporate realms. Before joining State Voices, she worked at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, where she served as the logistics manager for their Annual Legislative Conference and the programmatic liaison between sponsors, funders, and participants.

Lariena graduated with a Masters in Public Administration focusing on Nonprofit Management from the University of Baltimore. An avid traveler, she can often be found planning her family’s next vacation destination or shopping at her favorite stores, Costco and Wegmans.

Announcing New Members to the State Voices Board

We’re excited to announce that four incredible advocates, change makers, and social justice champions have been unanimously voted to join the State Voices Board.

Sommer Foster Joins Michigan Voices to Build BIPOC Political Power

Sommer Foster has been a racial justice and pro-Black champion in Michigan for some time. We’re excited to announce that Sommer will join Tameka Ramsey as the new Co-Executive Director of Michigan Voices.

COVID-19 Updates for Our Collective Health and Safety

We’re grateful to everyone demanding paid leave for all, BIPOC leaders organizing mutual aid projects, and people advocating for incarcerated people.

State Voices is following the lead of these incredible organizers, and we’re also updating much of our programs for our collective health and safety.