Marissa Parisi is the executive director of RiseVT working to expand the RiseVT model to all communities in the state of Vermont. Marissa was formerly the executive director of Hunger Free Vermont from January 2009-December 2017. She is a nationally known expert on food security and federal nutrition policy. Before joining Hunger Free Vermont she worked at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for eight years in various roles including strategic planning, community organizing, voter mobilization and education, and major gifts. Marissa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Hartwick College in Sociology, a Master’s of Science degree from Springfield College in Human Services Organizational Management and Leadership, and a Certificate in Business Excellence from the Senior Leaders Program at Columbia Business School. She has worked as an organizational development consultant to many statewide nonprofit organizations and currently serves on the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation Board of Directors. She lives in Shelburne with her husband Michael and their rescue pets, gardens, and unruly beehives.