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Marisa Arias has been working as founding executive director of United Way Panamá since 2010. She was in charge of the organization´s start-up and after four years since its foundation, she has been vigorously working in a local strategy and action plan to increase community impact through collaborative leadership and aligning this vision and efforts with companies, nonprofit agencies and the government. She has been key in establishing UWP´s education programs and different programs aimed to strengthen Panama´s nonprofit sector. She is currently participating as first cohort of United Way Worldwide´s Executive Leadership Development Program and has been selected to participate in UW´s Latin American Regional Committee in the High-Performance Boards Initiative. Marisa was given the keys to the City of Panama in 2012, an honor given by the Mayor´s Office in recognition to her "valuable and successful career as a professional and her ceaseless volunteer service to the wellbeing of cancer patients". She was recognized as one of Panama´s young emergent leaders by Capital Financiero by receiving the "40 Menores de 40" Award in 2009. She received her B.A. in political science from Vassar College in 1995 and continued master's studies in non-profit management in New York University's Wagner School of Public Administration. Marisa is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.