Charissa Leach has been a resident of Western Riverside County for over 28 years and is a dedicated community member. She is the Executive Vice President and a Principal at Adkan Engineers, a Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Land Planning consulting company in the City of Riverside.  Mrs. Leach is also a member of the Riverside County Planning Commission, serving as the District 1 Commissioner.

Mrs. Leach received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences in 1988 at the University of California, San Diego. As a registered California Professional Engineer, she has been involved in the development of projects, small and large, throughout Southern California.

Passionate about her community, Charissa has served on the City of Riverside’s Cultural Heritage Board, and on the Riverside Unified School District’s District Budget Advisory Committee. She is a past member of the Magnolia Church Board of Trustees and a member of the original Steering Committee for Seizing Our Destiny, a community-driven campaign that built on the City of Riverside's existing strengths to create a plan for an even better place to live.

In addition, Mrs. Leach is serving nonprofits in the community including, the Parkview Community Hospital Board and the Riverside Housing Development Corporation Board. Also, she served as a member of the Original Grow Riverside Steering Committee and as President of the Arlington Division of the Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Currently, she serves on the  Board of Directors for the Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Arlington Division.

Charissa, her husband Gary, their three children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, reside in the Riverside area. Her major interest in giving back to the community is the quality of life in Riverside and beyond.