State Voices

Lariena D. Matthews

Chief Operating Officer

Lariena D. Matthews is State Voices’ Chief Operating Officer.  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.

Letter from Alexis Anderson-Reed: All Black Lives Matter

The righteous rage demonstrated across the country is justified.

These uprisings are more than protest; they are a rebellion against white supremacy, racialized capitalism, a democracy that is not working, and the continued oppression, torture and murder of Black lives.

Impactful Leaders Foster Leadership in Others

At State Voices, we believe in the power of the collective and the power of transformational leadership. The best leaders are committed to amplifying more voices, supporting leadership in others, and building power with BIPOC communities.

Executive Directors of State Tables across the network exemplify these ideals. Several Executive Directors have joined State Voices over the last ten months, and they have so much to share about their collective vision for a more equitable world and a healthy democracy.

Electoral Justice and COVID-19 in Battleground States

The COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating injustices that have long existed in our society. This crisis underscores the need for a healthy democracy in which oppressed communities have a voice and get their needs met.

Learn about how a few State Tables across the country—like in Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Georgia, Montana, and Louisiana—are pushing for electoral justice, mutual aid, and BIPOC political power during this time.