Massachusetts Program Co-Director
Marissa is a key member of the AmeriCorps Program Circle, providing day to day support to TerraCorps members, supervisors, and service sites in Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College and brings experience from urban forestry projects, climate justice organizing, volunteer management and outreach, and small scale regenerative farming. She also brings experience from previous AmeriCorps service, having served as a member with both TerraCorps and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
Marissa grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has many memories visiting the Oregon coast and Cascade mountain range. Her initial interest in land and environmental work stemmed from these memories. Since then though, she has learned more about climate justice, food sovereignty, and the importance of land access through those lenses. In continuing to be involved with the TerraCorps program, Marissa hopes to learn more about how these facets of environmentalism come together and move forward in modern times. She’s excited to support Members as they plan and carry out projects that advance land access in countless ways as well as share her own experiences and thoughts. Eventually, Marissa has dreams to have a tiny house homestead where she can grow and preserve her own food, raise chickens, and share those things with her community. She also dreams of coexisting in this space with other tiny house dwellers or other folks interested in low impact living through alternative forms of housing and off-grid technology. In the meantime, she’s a workshare volunteer at the Brookwood Community Farm and gets involved in her community by being a regular grant reader for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and being on the Planning Committee for the Young Land Professionals network.
Marissa holds identities as a queer Chinese-American adoptee. She’s an environmentalist, an introvert, a devout tea drinker, and a puzzle and women’s soccer enthusiast who strives to bring joy, organization, and a focus on details to the TerraCorps Program. You can contact her at mpatterson[at]terracorps[dot]org