Born and raised in Colombia, Larisa Caicedo relocated to the Washington, DC area 17 years ago. She studied in Colombia, her native country, and holds a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Mrs. Caicedo is a graduate of the 2005 NBCC Project Lead and of the American Association for Cancer Research Scientist-Survivor Program. In 2011, she was one of 14 fellow executive directors nationwide invited to participate in NYU Wagner School of Public Service’s "Lead the Way Leadership Initiative for Emerging Women of Color." Her background includes project management, fundraising, and outreach for the Latino community as well as involvement in Latin American international cooperation programs and economic development issues.
Mrs. Caicedo is currently advising and supporting the development of women’s health and wellness programs for the Latino community nationally and internationally. She is also an active member of the Georgetown/Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Council and a consultant for the development of a navigation program led by Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention in Cali, Colombia. Mrs. Caicedo currently serves in various advisories and boards including the LIVESTRONG Hispanic/Latino outreach program and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council.
Under Mrs. Caicedo's management, Nueva Vida received many awards, including the 2006 George Washington Cancer Institute Compassion Award, the 2007 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Community Impact Award, the 2008 NBCC Breast Cancer Best Practices Award, the 2008 DC Women’s Foundation Leadership award, and most recently the 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Community Award.
Mrs. Caicedo has also provided research support and participated in peer-reviewed publications.