Lara Abel is a born and raised Petaluman, and an alumnus of SRJC. Her background is primarily in Information Technology, having worked in IT as a consultant for a variety of non-profits and small businesses around the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the focuses of the non-profits were forest protection, foster youth, homeless children and adults, volunteerism, and more.
In 2012, Lara was hired in the Office of Institutional Research at SRJC Petaluma, and is now excited to begin working in the Gateway to College program as well. She will bring a research focus to the department, analyzing the data and making pretty graphs.
In her free time, Lara is on the board of a non-profit that organizes retreats and camps for youth, and also attends these events as an adult mentor. She enjoys cooking, reading, exploring the outdoors, and eating pie of all varieties.