Marisa holds a B.S. in Music Education from New York University and a M.P.S in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. Adopted from Bogota, Colombia and raised in Long Island, NY, Marisa holds over 15 years of experience in education, beginning her career as a choir teacher for the NYCDOE. It was in the classroom that she discovered her passion creating experiences for students of color that affirmed a sense of belonging and connectedness, developing a powerful voice through the performing arts. After transitioning into administration, she joined WeMusic as their Director of Education, launching a program portfolio of K-12 music classes, college audition preparation, mentorship opportunities and teacher training programs in both China and the United States. Never losing sight of what she has gained from her own unconventional career path, Marisa is committed to creating inclusive communities and opportunities for those who hold the drive to define their authentic power and earn a seat at whatever table they desire. She is raising two brave, amazing daughters, a loyal, rescued Malti-poo and enjoys exploring Brooklyn, finding live music and salsa dancing.