Master of Public Administration (MPA)

After graduating from Cornell University with a BS in print media, Marisa pursued a career in communications. Early in her career, she worked for top Atlanta ad agencies including The Joey Reiman Agency and Tausche Martin Lonsdorf, as well as Minneapolis-based The Lacek Group, managing print production for clients including Church’s Chicken, Days Inns of America, and Delta Airlines. While working full-time in for-profit advertising and marketing agencies, Marisa obtained her certificate in graphic design from The Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from The Circus, she moved into nonprofit work, starting as a graphic designer and rising to the position of Design Director for the marketing department at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. She now serves as the Associate Director for Marketing and Communications for Swift School, an independent school for children with language-based learning differences in Roswell, Georgia. Marisa has extensive experience in graphic design, art direction, print production management, project and personnel management, communications planning, writing, editing, and photography. She is participating in the MPA program with the career goal of transitioning from communications management for nonprofits to general/executive management for nonprofits.

Education

Certificate l The Creative Circus l 2000 l Graphic Design
Bachelor of Science l Cornell University l 1991 l Print Media

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Career Goals

Marisa’s goal in obtaining an MPA is to facilitate a career transition from communications management for nonprofits to general/executive management for nonprofits. She is most interested in working for human services and environmental nonprofits.

Of Note

Magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University
Cornell University Merrill Presidential Scholar
Poster design featured in the Graphis New Talent Design Annual 2000
Member Pi Alpha Alpha