Mariel is the Program Manager of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. She supports the Fellowship’s logistics and communications and leads the efforts for survey design and data analysis.
Prior to joining the SSLF team, Mariel served as Director of Communications and Operations for A Reason To Smile (ARTS), a nonprofit that brings dental care and hygiene education to areas of the world without access to dental professionals. Her commitment to ARTS continues in a volunteer capacity, coordinating outreach and multiple international service trips each year.
Mariel is also a published author and has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and education specialist since 2005. Her background in higher education is focused on student advising, scholarships, and community engagement, including roles with the Embassy of Kuwait, Florida International University, and the University of Miami.
Mariel earned Bachelor's degrees in Motion Pictures and Psychology as well as her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Miami, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She lives in Big Sky, Montana.