Prior to coming to Race Forward, Yirssi was Operations Manager for Planned Parenthood of North Florida, and also interned for the ACLU. She also volunteers with local organizations, and has worked on such issues as saving the city budget for local libraries, and restoring the right to vote of disenfranchised voters. On the writing front she has contributed to CNN iReport, The Huffington Post, For Harriet, and The Grand Rapids Press among others. She’s also won awards for her writing from the Michigan Community College Press Association, the Michigan Press Association, and the American Model United Nations. Yirssi was born in the Dominican Republic, and grew up in Spain. On her free time you will find her working out, reading, writing, or planning her next traveling adventure.