Philanthropist, Beespace Founder
Marissa's lifelong passion for nonprofits led to the formation of Beespace--a New York City-based nonprofit incubator providing early-phase organizations with the office space, mentorship and operational support needed to get off the ground and succeed. She is a founding sponsor and activist for charity:water and serves on the Board of Directors for Invisible Children, Dia Art Foundation and the Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation. Marissa is also a published photographer and works on an array of social injustice issues.
Marissa grew up in London and considered pursuing a career in the foreign service while in college. Instead Marissa spent much of her twenties working as a photographer and advisor to Charity: Water, a non-profit that helps provide access to clean water in the developing world. Marissa Sackler who calls herself “a social entrepreneur,” gained much insight into the various challenges non-profits encountered during their early stages, much like their startup counterparts in the tech world.
As a result, Marissa conceived of the first non-profit incubator Beespace, which opened its doors in New York City in the fall of 2013. Beespace offers young promising non-profits free office space and access to teams specialized in tech, design, marketing, and fundraising. Currently Beespace houses the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai of the Malala Fund, Organize, The Adventure Project, Practice Makes Perfect and Yoga Foster. Marissa’s hope is to expand Beespace and its services to other non-profits in cities such as London and Rio.