Risa was born in Boston and has the accent to prove it. Until a recent move to the Ocean State, Risa lived within ten miles of Boston for decades.
Risa has worked as Executive Director and President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and Chair of the Diversity Implementation Task Force for the League of Women Voters of the U.S. This nonpartisan organization works to promote active participation in our democracy. Risa moderated candidates’ debates, organized voter registration drives, and get-out-the-vote campaigns. The League is the only direct descendant of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2020, the year the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified.
Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started when she found finding three pennies in a neat stack in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. It’s a long story. She was sure those magical pennies would make a great story.
When not writing, you might find Risa reading, exercising or doing therapeutic ironing (yes, there is such a thing.)
The Bay State
Boston's famous Citgo sign
The Green Monster at Fenway Park