Marisa joined OneAmerica in 2020. In her role she coordinates online English classes & programming that combines English, digital literacy, leadership, and community engagement.
Marisa’s passion for community organizing & language justice was shaped significantly during her time at an adult education non-profit and alongside grassroots BIPOC leaders of Lake City Collective in North Seattle. Her experience working directly with immigrant and refugee communities from a wide range of backgrounds guides her work to collectively build power, opportunity, and equity in our communities. As the daughter of a South African of Indian descent immigrant, Marisa is also inspired by her family history of activism and organizing to fight systemic racism, white supremacy, and oppression during the apartheid regime.
Throughout her time at OneAmerica, Marisa has worked alongside her team to shift the English Innovations Program to a virtual model, reaching over 200 students in over 35 cities across Washington State – and building a powerful program that takes a holistic approach to students’ goals, centering lived experiences, honoring home languages, building community, leadership development, and redefining what the adult education system can be.
In her free time, Marisa enjoys drawing, painting, writing, and reading.
Languages spoken: English
Contact Marisa at email@example.com.