Partner Spotlight: Marissa Theisen

Aug 13, 2017

MarissaIn 2015, Marissa joined the Partnership, coming with a wealth of knowledge and familiarity to SVPAZ, thanks to her role as President and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. After her work with AGF, she launched Win-Win Creations, providing conflict resolution and philanthropic consulting to a number of government and for-profit organizations.

Marissa’s philanthropic journey really started after graduate school, when she worked for The Conservation Foundation in Washington, D.C. Since then, she’s served on a number of boards in various leadership roles. Most recently, for SVPAZ, she was co-chair of the 2017 Fast Pitch Selection Committee.

Here’s what Marissa had to share:

What led you to SVP? I have been aware of SVPAZ since its inception as they are members of AGF. I admire the organization’s mission and specific initiatives and appreciate bringing a business perspective to nonprofit management.

What do you most look forward to / hope to accomplish as a Partner? I look forward to continuing to serve on the Investment Committee and Fast Pitch Selection Committee. I enjoy staying connected to my SVPAZ colleagues.

What’s your most marked characteristic? My thick hair – get more compliments on this than anything else!

When and where are you happiest? Spending time with family and friends.

What’s on your bucket list? To travel to New Zealand and Machu Picchu.

What four words would other people use to describe you? Intelligent, optimistic, win-win attitude, caring.

If you’re a Partner interested in joining Marissa on the Fast Pitch committee this year, please reach to Lesley Miller, Fast Pitch manager ( If you’d like to be featured in a a Partner Profile, connect with Meghan Leatherman, communications manager (