Marisa Catalina Casey is an artist, educator, social entrepreneur, and marketing professional using words and photographs to tell the stories of mission-based organizations.
Prior to serving in Ecuador as a Peace Corps Volunteer advising local micro-enterprises, she founded the Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts center, Starting Artists, Inc. Over the 5 years of Marisa’s leadership, she inspired and educated hundreds of 10-19 year olds through hands-on training in the media arts and entrepreneurship.
Currently, Marisa is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Verité, a global, nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. A Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship winner, Verité works with the largest corporations in the world to illuminate labor rights violations in their global supply chains and to resolve them to the benefit of companies and workers alike.
Marisa obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from Columbia University and has held positions at the Hearst Foundations, CARE, Alliance for Children Foundation, and APERTURE Foundation. Marisa co-authored the book Born in our Hearts with her adoptive mother, and donated all proceeds to international orphanages, including the one she was adopted from in Colombia.
Marisa lives with her husband, their daughter, a miniature schnauzer, and a turtle in Western Massachusetts.