Marissa Baron


New Jersey

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Marissa is a Manager at Third Sector.

Over the last decade, Marissa has built expertise in assessing the effectiveness of community-based interventions and opportunities across policy and programming to improve equitable community food access, systematic infrastructure development, and capacity building across community networks. Marissa serves as a strong convener between nonprofits, the public sector, and philanthropic partners to build out community-centered, systemic policy and systems change. 

Marissa previously served as Senior Project Manager at Visible Network Labs (VNL). In this role, she managed a diverse group of clients across VNL’s PARTNER platform, working to identify collaborative opportunities for leveraging social supports and systems to address the vital conditions for health and wellbeing for individuals and organizational networks. Marissa has also worked in policy and emergency response for local government, led a nonprofit for the economic development of farmers and food businesses, and served within a variety of roles across sectors of the food system. Marissa continues to lead local food policy efforts through her work on the Leadership Team of the New Jersey Food Democracy Collaborative.

Marissa is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where she received her Masters in Public Health, as well as certificates in Food Systems and the Environment and Finance and Health Management. She received her MA in bioethics and a BA in psychology and environmental studies from New York University.

In her free time, you can find her out on the farm in season or supporting shelter cats in finding their new homes.