Rricha deCant

Director, Legislative Affairs

Rricha is the director of legislative affairs at CLASP. In this role, she works with the policy and communications teams to advocate for CLASP’s policy goals on Capitol Hill.

Rricha has experience working on both sides of Capitol Hill, as well as in nonprofit advocacy. Most recently, she has served as immigration counsel for Senator Alex Padilla where she led the senator’s work on immigration. Prior to working in the Senate, Rricha served as legislative counsel to Congresswoman Judy Chu, covering a number of issues in the Ways and Means Committee, including child welfare, child care, paid family leave, Social Security, and TANF. She also covered judiciary matters and labor policy for the congresswoman.

Prior to her tenure on the Hill, Rricha worked at First Focus, where she engaged in legislative and administrative advocacy as well as state technical assistance, focusing on child welfare and related issues. Rricha has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.