- Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas, 2015.
Marisela is currently a Program Associate in the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, California. Intel co-founder and his wife Betty established the foundation in 2001 to create positive, meaningful, and lasting change for future generations. The organization’s investments focus on environmental conservation, science, and health care. Her role consists of project management, as well as providing programmatic and administrative support of a $30 million annual grant portfolio financing environmental conservation across the Amazon Basin. This portfolio consists of over 60 projects in five countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia), which provides her with ample opportunities to practice her language skills, including FLAS funded Portuguese, as she works very closely with their grantees and partners on developing their proposals and she make site visits to monitor the progress of project objectives. Her M.A. thesis focused on sustainably grown food as a mechanism for environmental and social justice for an MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, or Landless Workers’ Movement) community in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. It was CLACS support, through the Tinker and Oppenheimer research grants, that took her to Brazil and enabled her to gain some expertise in a region that is extremely relevant to her current work. These and other volunteer experiences cemented her commitment to work on environmental conservation and social justice issues in the region.