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Clarissa Manuel

"I grew up in Alabama during the riotous time of the civil rights movement, when education was presented to us as a way out." - Clarissa Manuel

Clarissa Manuel was born on April 25, 1952 in Minter, Alabama. Clarissa graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home and Family Life and a minor in Sociology.  She earned her Master degree in 1984 in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, in Los Angeles. Clarissa worked for the City of Long Beach for over 30 years where she served as a Rehabilitation Services Officer. She retired in December 2007.


Clarissa is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. Her professional life and volunteer work included participation on the Advisory Boards of Tarzana Treatment Center, Joint Efforts Programs, Midnight Basketball Program, Black Managers Association of Long Beach, and African American Infant Health Program, State of California Office of AIDS Committee, California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Directors, California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs, California State University Long Beach, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Advisory Councils.


The Clarissa Manuel Foundation has been formed in her honor as a public non-profit corporation which epitomizes her life's work.


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