Marissa Parisi joined the organization as the Executive Director in 2009. She is an expert in developing sustainable programs, strategic planning, organizational development, and fundraising for non-profits. In her time at Hunger Free Vermont she has led the organization through an extensive strategic planning process, transformed the organization’s name and brand, and relocated the offices to a space more conducive to collaboration. Marissa has grown the organization to include: outreach on senior nutrition, increased nutrition education programming, and expansion of the Hunger Councils now recognized as a national model for community-based activism. She continually encourages staff to bring their creativity, love, passion, and courage to work with them every day.
In her free time, Marissa focuses her energy on other causes she cares about including local food and women’s economic empowerment. She is a past board member of the Intervale Center and currently serves as a Council Member for the Vermont Women’s Fund. She is also a Corporator for Northfield Savings Bank and is appointed to Governor Shumlin’s Pathways From Poverty Council.
Prior to joining Hunger Free Vermont, Marissa was the Director of Donor Relations at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Marissa received her Masters of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College, and holds a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program. Marissa lives in Shelburne with her husband Mike and their many pets.