Marisa Smucker, director of Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service, has been named senior executive for MMN’s new ventures division.
One of three divisions created in a realignment, ventures combines the former resourcing and mobilization and international partner engagement departments. Smucker will oversee the team creating and maintaining collaborative programs and services for constituents and partners.
Smucker began at MMN in 2016. After graduating from Goshen College with a degree in social work, she participated in PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) and worked with churches and schools to provide resources for disadvantaged children and youth. While attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, she felt called to return to her birth country, Costa Rica. There, she assisted with short-term mission groups, taught English and sixth grade. After returning to the U.S., she began leading MVS in 2019.
This is the first new senior executive position to be filled in a realignment process. Five divisions were streamlined to three: ventures, operations and advancement. Wil LaVeist is senior executive for advancement. The senior executive for operations position is yet to be filled.