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Marisa Arias has been working as founding Executive Director of United Way Panamá since 2010. After 12 years since its foundation, she continous to spearhead plans to increase community impact through collaborative leadership, aligning cross sectorial efftorts. She has been key in establishing various initiatives aimed to strengthen Panama´s nonprofit sector.
She co-founded with other peers, the Cámara Panameña de Desarrollo Social, Panama´s first chamber for nonprofits and is an active activist within Aliados por la Niñez y Adolescencia a movement that promotes children´s rights in the country. She was recognized as one of Panama´s young emergent leaders by Capital Financiero by receiving the "40 Menores de 40" Award in 2009 and was given the keys to the City of Panama in 2012, an honor given by the Mayor´s Office.
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. She currently lives in Panama and is a dedicated mother to Susan and Julian.