Risa Shames has lived in Newton Center for over 25 years with her husband, Neil, and has two adult children who graduated from Newton South. Risa is a non-profit consultant and works with a range of clients on communications, development and grant writing. She has a background in public health and quality improvement and has worked for a range of healthcare organizations, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Risa has always been an active community volunteer, and has found the most purpose working in the area of food insecurity. Risa joined the board in 2018.