Lara Maxey, MPA

Director of Re-Entry Programs and Community Affairs


Lara Maxey received her BA in Political Science/History from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA and her Master’s in Public Administration from Howard University in Washington DC. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. Lara comes to La Familia with 15+ years’ experience in program management, leading teams and community/government affairs. Most recently, Lara worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) which is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization. In that role, she lead a team of 10 CBOs for the Alameda County Social Services Employment Program to successful outcomes in providing wrap around services to refugees, asylees and families on CalWORKs. Prior to joining the IRC, Lara was the Deputy District Director for Representative Brad Sherman where she advised the Congressman on community, federal, and international issues. Lara is passionate about making a difference in her community and has been recognized for her advocacy work on behalf of refugees and low income families by the CA Legislature. She is also the recipient of the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award from the City of Oakland. Last year, Lara was appointed by Supervisor Wilma Chan to sit on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission which advises the Board of Supervisors on community issues including but not limited to education, employment, and public safety. She’s also an active advocate of her community and is an appointed Delegate to the CA Democratic Party and sits on the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation Board.