Marissa Gauvin serves as the Vice President of Strategy & Projects for United Way of Southern Nevada. Her primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership as a senior-level practitioner on the forefront of advancing the organization’s strategic goals.
In 2004 Marissa ran away with the circus and was Production Administrator and Audio Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. In 2008 she transitioned to Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division (Corporate) with a focus on technical theatre in entertainment where she held the positions of Training Coordinator, Training Manager and Production Services Manager. During her time at Cirque, she volunteered with local non-profits and managed their large-scale production events. This volunteerism opened her eyes and her heart to the non-profit sector.
In 2018 she joined United Way of Southern Nevada as Project Management Officer and has been passionate about the mission ever since.
Marissa is an UNLV Alumni with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and Technology.
• OSHA Authorized Trainer – General Industry
• Forklift Trainer
• Emergency Responder Instructor
• Basic Life Support Instructor
• Fall Protection Authorized Person
• Electrical Safety – Qualified Worker
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The Jameson Fellowship focuses on leadership and recognizes individuals – of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, sectors, and organizations - for their contributions to southern Nevada. The Fellowship is an investment in relationships and aims to build a solid and connected leadership base across the nonprofit sector.