100 Inspirational Alumni, Business Beyond Usual

Carissa Phelps | "Inspirational 100" Alumna


Carissa Phelps, JD/MBA 2007
Became a National Advocate for Youth in Crisis.

As a child, Phelps was forced into a local sex trade in Fresno, Calif. After being rescued, she was taken into custody at juvenile hall. She was 12. As told in an award winning documentary directed by David Sauvage (MBA '07), Phelps turned her life around in a remarkable way. After graduating summa cum laude from Fresno State with a math degree, she earned a combined JD/MBA at UCLA, where she began to speak out on behalf of youth in crisis. Phelps is a founding member of the Central Valley Freedom Coalition, a former spokesperson for Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation Campaign, and a recent faculty member at the National District Attorney Association's Conference on the Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. Phelps currently works as an attorney and lives in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she is completing a book to be published by Viking Press.

Additional Links
Profile of Carissa Phelps ('07) Wins Newport Beach Film Festival
Former Homeless Teen Beat the Odds, ABC News
Carissa: A Film by David Sauvage