Prior to joining the Buell Foundation in August 2020, Marrisa worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment coordinating and evaluating the state’s Essentials for Childhood Initiative. Her work on this project focused on increasing protective factors like food security, access to child care, and community norms related to help-seeking and collective prosperity. Marrisa holds a Master’s in Public Health and participates in the Colorado Public Health Association’s Health Equity Coalition. She also serves as the Board Chair of AUL Denver, a trauma-informed charter school focused on closing the school-to-prison pipeline. When she is not working, Marrisa spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, hiking, camping, riding her bike, and learning how to better tend her garden.