Marisa serves as executive vice president at Inspire PR Group. In her role, she provides leadership and mentorship to the Inspire team, guides agency operations and client management and works to expand Inspire’s portfolio and services. She is a recognized strategist with strength in media relations, policy and advocacy communications, social media and integrated marketing. Marisa brings to Inspire expertise and passion in sustainability and social impact communications, and she leads the agency’s practice in those areas.
She joined Inspire in 2019 after nearly a decade at the Washington D.C.-based global non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), best known as the creators of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. As vice president of public relations and communications, she served as spokesperson for the organization and oversaw all media relations, public affairs and PR strategy and created engagement and PR opportunities for USGBC’s 13,000 member organizations. She managed communications for USGBC’s Greenbuild (the world’s largest green building conference and expo experience) and helped launch multiple products and programs in the U.S. and internationally for both USGBC and its sister organization GBCI. In 2010, she oversaw the public launch of USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, a global leader in providing school districts and education leaders with the tools they need to create sustainable, healthy, resilient and equitable learning environments.
Marisa was previously a vice president at Quinn PR, a NYC-based public relations agency, where she spent five years managing a wide-ranging portfolio of clients. She graduated with honors from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and began her career as a media specialist for the university. She has been a member of national and local chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) throughout her career and currently serves on the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Advisory Board and the USGBC Ohio Market Leadership Advisory Board. She is also a participant in the Leadership Ohio Class of 2021. Marisa has previously been recognized as one of PR News’ Top Women in PR and is a sought-after industry speaker and trainer.
Outside of Inspire, you can find Marisa hitting up every park, playground, sports field and restaurant in Grandview Heights where she resides with her two young sons and husband, Matt.
What Inspires Me?
I’m committed to creating a more sustainable and equitable future for the next generation, including my two boys, and I’m inspired by the changemakers who are finding innovative solutions to today’s challenges. Helping to tell their stories is the best part of my job.