Marcel joined in January 2024 as SCLT’s Grants & Communications Manager, bringing more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit development, grant writing, and fundraising. Marcel graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in Public Administration, minoring in Leadership in a Non-Profit Organization. Since then, she’s earned certificates in Leadership credentials from Harvard University, grant writing, project management, budgeting, and marketing design, and she is working toward completing an e-learning academy from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Marcel is a Black Latina woman who is excited to join the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) team in Rhode Island. She is passionate about building and sustaining local, accessible, and culturally relevant healthy food networks that serve diverse communities across the state. Drawing from her intersectional identities and lived experiences, Marcel brings a unique perspective to addressing food insecurity and promoting food sovereignty.