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.