Lazara was born and raised in northern New Jersey and is passionate about working on social, health and community justice issues that impact marginalized communities. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Biology from William Paterson University. Lazara is a native Spanish speaker, and has over 20 years of experience in public health program development and implementation focused on policy advocacy, community mobilization, creating sustainable partnerships, organizational development and data analysis, predominantly among communities of color, LGBTQIA+ identified communities, and youth. Most recently, she worked within the largest healthcare system in New Jersey to help shape and improve the patient-centered experience, satisfaction, and quality of care. Lazara is also an Adjunct Professor in Public Health at Monmouth University.