Marisa oversees all Collective Power for Reproductive Justice programs, including Collective Power’s emerging leaders network, academic and campus initiatives, and summer internship program. Prior to Collective Power, Marisa co-directed the Prison Birth Project and the Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative. She has served on locally-based organizational boards, and currently co-leads the board of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Mass. In addition, Marisa’s community work includes working with Empty Arms Bereavement Support both as a facilitator for a support group for people who’ve had an abortion later in pregnancy due to fetal anomalies and as a hospital support companion for people (and their families) experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. She also co-organizes an abortion doula collective that serves WMass residents from Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties. She has a Master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA in public policy and women’s studies from the University of North Carolina. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Marisa has lived in Western Mass since 2005. She shares her life with her husband, three children, and their pets.