Marissa M. Tirona is the director of Blue Shield Against Violence. In this role, Ms. Tirona leads the Foundation’s programmatic and grantmaking efforts to address, prevent, and ultimately end domestic violence.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Tirona served as senior project director, leadership, for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. There, she designed and led comprehensive, multi-year leadership initiatives, including the Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program – a signature project of Blue Shield Against Violence. Throughout her career, Ms. Tirona has worked on a variety of advocacy issues ranging from immigrants’ rights to violence prevention to youth development and health and human services. In 2009, she co-authored a study of leadership and workforce issues across community clinics in California, which culminated in the publication of four reports, including The Pipeline Promise: A Study of Emerging Leaders in California Community Clinics. Ms. Tirona is a certified coach and speaks often on the topics of leadership, change and transition management, and strategy. Before joining CompassPoint, Ms. Tirona was the program director of the National Employment Lawyers Association and an employment attorney with two national law firms. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Swarthmore College and her juris doctorate from the Santa Clara University School of Law and is a member of the California State Bar.
Ms. Tirona lives in Oakland with her family and serves on the boards of Bay Area Children’s Theatre and Oakland KidsFirst. Her prior board service includes the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and the Walden School.