Lara Crampe has worked with US and international communities for more than 13 years fighting poverty through community education and empowerment. Lara represents the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in the US. She has experience ranging from environmental justice advocacy with low-income neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. to overseeing the US branch of an international peace organization. Before joining IIRR Headquarters in 2010, Lara managed grantmaking at the Taproot Foundation as Deputy Director, East Coast. Prior to that, she ran a financial literacy and asset-building program for the International Rescue Committee and served on the Board of Directors for US Servas. She has a Masters degree in Geography concentrating on Community Development and a Bachelors degree in International Development concentrating on International Agricultural Development. Lara grew up on a small farm in rural West Virginia.