VP of Impact Initiatives
Marissa Guananja, she/her/ella, is passionate about work that intersects with economic justice, racial justice, democracy, and community. She brings that passion to her role as VP of Impact Initiatives at Common Future. In that role, she drives the strategy and impact of the organization’s initiatives that partner with and lift up BIPOC-led and community-centered models for an economy that builds power, choice, and ownership.
Marissa has over 15 years of progressive programmatic experience - from launching her career, piloting and launching new community economic development initiatives in Chelsea, MA, to funding worker power efforts at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, to most recently, as Chief Programs Officer at the Roosevelt Institute where she oversaw the organization’s work cultivating new ideas and new leaders to shift economic paradigms.
Marissa holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a graduate degree in public policy from The George Washington University. She also sits on the board of Carina, a home care and childcare platform that connects care workers to good jobs. When not working, Marissa enjoys being an amateur at many things (mixologist, accordion player, runner), bringing a little Southern CA to her home base of Ann Arbor, MI, and exploring national and state parks with her wife and two kids in their Winnebago “Hilda” Solis camper van.