Marci has over 25 years of experience working with youth and adults with autism and other neurodiversities to inspire independence and self-determination through education, training and employment. She joined First Place in June 2018 and has held leadership roles with the First Place Apartments as well as the Transition Academy, where she continues to inform the Learn4Independence® curriculum, oversee and expand licensing operations and collaborate to maintain overall best practices. Her training and mentoring efforts on behalf of First Place residents have resulted in employment and internship opportunities with various community partners. Through the Global Leadership Institute, Marci takes a team approach to focus on public policy changes and lead research to promote continuous improvement in residents’ development of life skills and their transition to more independent living.
Marci was previously associate dean at Bellevue College in Washington state, where she led an accredited associate degree program for individuals with learning differences. She has also been a small business owner and occupational therapist. She holds an MBA from Western Governors University and a degree in occupational therapy. Marci hails most recently from Seattle and has a grown daughter in San Jose, California working toward her PhD in clinical psychology.