Carissa Velasquez is a senior at the University of Southern California, studying Political Science. As a former journalism student, she has worked as a content creator for the Annenberg Media Center and EcoDiversity Magazine. As a country girl from California's Central Valley, she is extremely passionate about issues concerning the environment and has worked as an environmental educator, Director of Advocacy for USC's Environmental Student Assembly, and has worked as a PR assistant for Environment California. Raised on '80s New Wave and '90s alt-rock, her love of indie rock began when she first discovered The Strokes at the age of 12, and has grown immensely to include many sub-genres of indie rock. She spends most of her free time going to shows around the Los Angeles area and making playlists for her friends.