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.
In light of the impact of COVID-19, the Oakland Department of Economic and Workforce Development is striving to help small businesses, especially those in vulnerable neighborhoods, survive and rebuild during and after the pandemic. To assist with this effort, FUSE Executive Fellow Marsha Murrington is developing multiple small-business support initiatives and leading the implementation of grant-related development projects in East Oakland. Read more