Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board (ASSB)

Lee District Representative – Appointed by Fairfax County Board Supervisor Jeff McKay.

Fairfax County Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee (ACEAC)

Lee District Representative - Appointed by Fairfax County School Board Chair Tammy Kaufax.


Fairfax County Democratic Committee

Finance Committee, Lee District Representative.

Governor-Elect Northam's Policy Council on Workforce Development

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) State Rehabilitation Council 

Gubernatorial Appointment (McAuliffe); Re-appointment (Northam).

Groveton Civic Association

Director; Parliamentarian.

Lawyers for Good Government

Founding Director; Treasurer.

Foundation for the National Archives 

Pro Bono General Counsel.

Office of the White House Counsel

Tax Counsel (President Obama).

Ballston Place Homeowners Association

Director, President.

Larysa is a resident of Groveton in Lee District. She’s a first generation American, a wife, a mother, and a dog owner.


Larysa is an accomplished lawyer and a passionate disability rights advocate. She currently serves as Chief of Staff to a large nonprofit, Melwood, that creates thousands of jobs annually for people with disabilities in Virginia, Maryland and DC.


She previously served as a partner at a law firm whose work focused on representing national and international tax-exempt organizations in the biotechnology and health care industries. She started her career as a tax and corporate lawyer, focusing for over a decade on the development of affordable housing, commercial real estate, and public-private partnerships. She knows how to work with both the public and private sectors to deliver results.


With nearly 20 years of experience in law, business, nonprofit management, government relations, and communications, Larysa’s career has always embodied two key characteristics - service and advocacy. Whether litigating civil rights cases, negotiating low-income housing deals, or structuring investments in developing industries, Larysa has been laser-focused on listening and understanding the needs and frustrations of people in her community, and then taking action to address them through meaningful services, programs and initiatives.


Larysa is the proud mother of Symon, who is on the autism spectrum. Navigating the system to provide Symon with the therapy and care he needs has opened her eyes to the roadblocks many families face in getting access to

the services they need and inspired her to run to fight for families like hers.

Larysa earned a BA in International Relations from Connecticut College, a JD from Yale Law School, and an LLM in tax law from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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