MARSHA MURRINGTON has more than 20 years of experience in community economic development. She most recently served as a senior program officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corp. in the Bay area. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade with the Unity Council in the Fruitvale neighborhood of her native Oakland, where she developed programs that enhanced equity and helped address the economic needs of the community. During this time, she implemented a façade improvement program, attracted new businesses without displacing local residents and business owners, supported existing businesses in purchasing property, and reduced the commercial property vacancy rate from almost 40 percent to less than 1 percent. Marsha holds a B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley.
As part of a plan to reduce racial disparities and promote economic opportunity for all communities, Oakland is working to revive the 7-mile International Boulevard Corridor. FUSE executive fellow Marsha Murrington is forging partnerships with various stakeholders to support community and economic development. She is helping establish a Community Development Corp. to carry forward work on current and future projects that prioritize the needs of residents. She is also coordinating a task force focused on ensuring investments in Opportunity Zones align with community values. Read more