You know what you want.
I will help you figure out how to get there.
I am an experienced nonprofit administrator. Throughout my professional career, I have worked closely with management teams, Boards of Directors, and coalitions to create, align, and implement organizational strategies.
Whether it’s facilitating meetings, creating structures, or preparing for expansion, I work with leaders to create and execute practical, sustainable systems and plans.
As I have watched the nonprofit sector and world at large grow and develop, I have also seen the cracks in the system and the ways in which hierarchical practices create distrust, resentment, and structural inequalities, and the ways that social justice organizations sacrifice for their missions. I encourage organizations to be more transparent, open and, in the simplest terms, good to their staff. I work to level the playing field, reduce opacity and always be mindful of inherent power dynamics that exist within any community despite any best intentions.
I believe in buy-in at every level and that ownership lives in those who have to do the work.
I believe that radical transformation is possible but that it requires a lot of attention, work and care.
Nonprofits Marisa Has Worked With
DC Jobs With Justice
Hunters Point Parks Conservancy
Lady Parts Justice League
Neighborhood Bike Works
New York Immigration Coalition
North Star Fund
The Brigid Alliance
Third Wave Fund
Marisa has worked in nonprofits for over 10 years, most recently as the Chief of Staff at Lady Parts Justice League. She was the Development and Communications Manager at HIAS Pennsylvania and a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Bike Works. She has also served on the Steering Committee for the New York Immigration Coalition’s Young Professional Leadership Coalition and on the Logistics Committee for the Women’s Way Young Women’s Initiative.
Marisa is a long-time bike commuter and will go on any adventure that includes swimming. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Virginia, has a B.A. from Skidmore College, and lived in Philadelphia for over eight years before settling in Brooklyn.