Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Sarina has always been community-focused. She joined MASS in 2022, after finishing a campaign for election to the Dutchess County Legislature. Her platform was centered on local activism, taking action and making a tangible, positive impact in the community by listening to and strongly advocating for local’s wants and needs. Her inspiration for running for office was her work with local youth and families through martial arts. She is an experienced martial artist, karate instructor, and small business owner. Since 2011, she has operated a traditional martial arts school that focuses on her students’ personal growth and character development. In addition, she previously worked in municipal government and public education.
At MASS, she is the Operations Coordinator for the Hudson Valley Design Lab in Poughkeepsie. She manages the office’s storefront gallery space, connects the local office’s needs with the global organization’s policies and procedures, and works to maintain happiness amongst her team by fostering a feeling of togetherness and support.