Vice President of Programs and Partnerships
Marcella joined the Foundation in September 2019 as the Vice Presidents of Programs and Partnerships, overseeing the Foundation's strategic grantmaking and community leadership programs. She previously was the Vice President for Project Street Beat of Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), a unique HIV-prevention, harm reduction, and access-to-care program.
Marcella spent over a decade actively engaged in HIV prevention and access to care and sexual and reproductive justice advocacy through community planning work in NYC and nationally. Her work has focused on affirming community needs and priorities during the development of policies, services, and resource allocation, which has included the New York State Ending The Epidemic Women’s Advisory Committee and New York City Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group.
Marcella currently serves as a Board Member of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work. She holds a Master's of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having worked on HIV Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program development in Botswana from 2004 to 2006. Marcella is a marathoner, knitter, auntie, and proud Brooklynite.