About Carissa

AUTHOR, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, YOUTH ADVOCATE


In 2012, Carissa Phelps, a licensed attorney, founded Runaway Girl, FPC, a flexible purpose corporation, to organize survivors of human trafficking around resources, networks, business, and local efforts to protect and care for survivors and victims within their own communities. Runaway Girl trainings improve protocols and responses to child sex trafficking within communities, while offering employment and career development opportunities to runaways, former runaways, and survivors of trafficking.

In 2007, Carissa earned both a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. In 2010, she was recently named one of the top 100 inspirational graduates by UCLA Anderson. As 2012-2013 Visiting Author, Carissa has joined The Respect Institute in their efforts to institutionalize respect by reaching 30,000 foster and incarcerated youth with their “Respect on the Inside” program.

In her memoir, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time, Phelps shares how the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor transformed her life and helped her become a mentor and advocate. After missing 7th, 8th and 9th grades, Carissa returned to a continuation school and graduated from high school in two and a half years. She still loves math and credits her BA in mathematics from Fresno State for preparing her for her MBA, for business, and for life! She graduated in 2002 with a BA in mathematics summa cum laude from Fresno State, and taught high school math for one year at Hanford High School.

Carissa is admitted to practice law in California. She lives on the Central Coast of California, where she creates and contributes to positive impact businesses as a social entrepreneur. She is passionate about inspiring others to see the potential in themselves and others.

Carissa is “CEO” Creating Employment Opportunities with Runaway Girl, FPC a training company that offers high quality experiential trainings to improve outcomes for youth in communities, by supporting and enhancing local efforts to protect and care for those at-risk.