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Lessa began her career at the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Lomita Library as a page and has worked as a clerk, children’s librarian, teen librarian, and adult services librarian. She is currently the Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California and the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.
Joining ALA as an MLIS student at UCLA, Lessa is a dedicated member committed to improving upon and celebrating the strength of ALA and the National Associations of Librarians of Color. She is the 2022-2023 American Library Association President and has served as an Executive Board Member and Chair of the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE). She is also a Past President and Past Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and a current board member for the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature.