Marielle has worked with the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) since 2010, when she founded and began directing an afterschool program called Refugee and Immigrant Students Empowered (RISE) through NAZA. She served as NAZA’s McGavock Zone Director from 2014-2017 and is now working as NAZA’s Program Development and Quality Manager, seeking to support the organization’s quality improvement, development, and capacity building efforts. Previous to working for NAZA, Marielle worked in a chief operating officer role at the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, where she was responsible for directing development, supporting the organization’s sustainability plan, creating and developing four education programs, and executing special projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University and master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Marielle is a graduate of the Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 and received the 2017 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the community and nonprofit services category. She is active in a number of organizations that are working to ensure that all youth have access to high quality education and experiential learning opportunities.