Meet Larissa Bailey – Government Relations Manager
On: June 16, 2017
From time to time, we will be interviewing Chamber & CREDC staff members so you can get to know a little more about us – our hobbies, our career paths, where we grew up. Our second staff member on the list is Larissa Bailey. Larissa has served in her current position since 2010. Read to learn more…..
QUESTION: What is your role at the Chamber & CREDC?
ANSWER: I serve as the liaison between Chamber members and local, state, and federal elected and government officials on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the business community. I also staff many of our education and workforce development initiatives like the Education & Business Partnership Committee and the Chamber High School Business Challenge.
My favorite part of my job is helping our members – either on an individual level or as a community – to find their voices and advocate for (or against) issues that affect them and their businesses.
QUESTION: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in government relations?
ANSWER: When I was in the 2nd grade, I distinctly remember reading a “Weekly Reader” highlighting the 1996 Presidential Election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. It was then when my spark for politics formed, and it only grew as I completed middle school and high school.
During college I was fortunate to be selected as Parliamentary Intern for the office of Justine Greening, MP in London, England, UK when I spent a semester abroad. This was my first experience in politics, first-hand, and one that I learned so much from. This experience played a significant role in deciding where I wanted to take my professional career.
QUESTION: Do you have any hobbies? Interests?
ANSWER: Through my position at the Chamber & CREDC, I have been fortunate enough to volunteer with several non-profit organizations, most of which have missions geared towards students and developing our future workforce. I enjoy serving as Secretary for the 4th Congressional District Internship Association, a non-partisan group that provides paid internships to college students who reside in the 4th congressional district, and as a member of the board of the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development, which provides career development services for students in grades K-12 in the greater Harrisburg region. I also like to craft, catch a good game at a ballpark, and travel to new places.
QUESTION: What is one word you would say best describes you?
QUESTION: What is something no one really knows about you?
ANSWER: As I’ve gotten older, I have become increasingly terrified of heights!
QUESTION: Where did you grow up?
ANSWER: I grew up in Johnstown, PA and graduated from Conemaugh Township Area High School.
QUESTION: Where did you attend college?
ANSWER: I went to Messiah College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with a concentration in International Relations.
QUESTION: Who is/are your role model(s)?
ANSWER: My personal role model is my mother, Pattie, and my professional role model is Sheilah Borne, a fellow government relations professional who works for a local health system.