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 BA in psychology from UC Berkeley.
As part of a plan to reduce racial disparities and boost economic opportunity, Oakland is revitalizing its International Boulevard Corridor, which crosses some of the city’s lowest income neighborhoods. FUSE executive fellow Marsha Murrington is helping to launch an economic development plan that will transform these communities while benefiting low-income residents and community-owned businesses. Read more