Marisa Catalina Casey
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Marisa Catalina Casey serves as the communications and marketing specialist for the College of Education. Marisa has worked with mission-based organizations in the fields of human rights, women’s empowerment, social entrepreneurship, technology equity, social justice, arts education, adoption, and philanthropy.
Prior to moving to the Pioneer Valley, Marisa served in Ecuador for two years as an education and business advising volunteer with the Peace Corps. During her service she helped to commercialize the women’s artisan cooperative Mujeres: Cambia, which sells jewelry made of recycled materials. In addition, Marisa was awarded grants from Starbucks, Youth Service America, and Disney for various projects she led with the youth group Fundación Neo Juventud.
While completing her M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, Marisa worked as the administrative coordinator for her program. Upon completing her master’s degree, Marisa founded the nonprofit community-based arts center Starting Artists, Inc. (SA) in Brooklyn, NY. SA served hundreds of middle and high school students in New York City over the five years of Marisa’s leadership through hands-on training in media arts and entrepreneurship during out-of-school time.
Marisa obtained her B.A. from Brown University and has held positions at the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, CARE, Alliance for Children Foundation, Teen Ink, APERTURE, and The Nature Conservancy. In addition, she is founding board member of We Pivot, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the tech sector.
Marisa served as a board member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council and founding board member of Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA). A 2008-9 International Youth Foundation Global Fellow, Marisa participated in the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Institute, Lucca Leadership Foundations Program in South Africa, and the British Council’s Transatlantic Network 2020.
Currently, she lives with her husband, their two kids, and a turtle where they can be seen on outings in their avocado green 1978 VW Camper Van. See more of her work at: www.marisacatalinacasey.com.