Prior to joining PAI, Malissa Lash was a Program Officer and one of the founding staff at Tsunami Fund, a 501(c)4 fiscal sponsorship organization located in The Presidio, San Francisco. There, she was responsible for program and business development, and worked with entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations focused on lobbying and advocacy, across a range of issue areas including gun safety, renewable energy, pro-choice public education, Latino health in California, civil marriage, domestic violence prevention, and civic engagement. During her time in San Francisco, Malissa also worked as a project manager at the Tides Center. She is one of the founding board members of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, a Bay Area nonprofit that supports women leaders in the development of sustainable for-profit and non-profit social purpose ventures. Previously, she worked as a community organizing intern for the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC. Malissa holds a BA from American University in International Relations, with a focus on development and economics, and is a yoga teacher trained in the Vinyasa tradition.