A CSR specialist, psychologist, educator and social entrepreneur, Marelisa has over ten years of experience in community and youth development.
She has worked as a consultant across sectors in Latin America and the UK. She is currently Citizenship Director for GE UK & Ireland, managing the community investment strategy for an employee base of 22,000 across more than 50 sites, with a focus on inspiring girls and boys to be innovators. In Panama, she co-founded Vitálitas Consulting and Panamerican College Consulting, where she worked on projects ranging from career guidance for secondary school students, to corporate team-building, to the design, delivery, evaluation and communication of projects and partnerships that create a social impact.
Marelisa worked with the Panamanian Ministry of Education, in partnership with USAID, UNICEF, Fundación Telefónica and the OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States) to develop a peacebuilding Life Skills curriculum that extends beyond academics and contributes to fostering citizenship, social inclusion and integration. She has designed high impact education strategies for European and Latin American private foundations; her training and facilitation method incorporates international best practices, performance arts, design thinking, positive psychology and restorative practices and has reached over 300,000 students and professionals.
She is a process facilitator and social development catalyst with an untiring commitment to working toward an inclusive society with equal opportunity and dignity for all. She integrates components of local and international best practices in order to create collective, relevant solutions to local social challenges, while monitoring, evaluating and ensuring projects are backed by evidence and results. She is able to connect and stimulate multi-stakeholder groups through participatory processes and strategic partnerships that enable innovative approaches to complex social challenges in order to create new social realities.
Marelisa has a Master’s Degree in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, a Non-profit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Visual Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University.