Campus Compact names Marisol Morales as new Vice President for Network Leadership

Campus Compact announced today the appointment of Marisol Morales as Vice President for Network Leadership. Morales is currently Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne and comes to the role as an established leader in the field of community engagement.

As Vice President for Network Leadership, Morales will provide guidance, inspiration, and practical support to network staff across the country, helping state and regional directors achieve local goals while advancing shared network priorities. She will also lead Campus Compact’s efforts to increase inclusion, equity, and diversity internally and in higher education community engagement. Morales will join Campus Compact in February of 2018.

“Since I began this work in 2005, I have counted on the support and leadership of Campus Compact,” said Morales.  “I am excited to be part of this evolving organization and to be working with amazing colleagues from across the country to support civic and community engagement at a national level. I hope to bring my experience as a student who was transformed through community engagement, as a community partner who partnered authentically with universities, and as a community engagement professional into the position of Vice President for Network Leadership.”

Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn commented, “Marisol’s wisdom, intellect, experience, leadership skills, and commitment to equity and inclusion are immensely valuable assets for our network. As we build our shared capacity to facilitate change in the service of democracy, having Marisol on our team will accelerate our progress. I look forward to moving our agenda forward together.“

“I am excited that Marisol Morales is our new Vice President of Network Leadership. She is widely respected as a statewide, regional, and national leader in community engagement and we are fortunate that she is bringing her talents, knowledge, and experience to Campus Compact “ said Elaine Ikeda, Executive Director for California Campus Compact and a member of the search committee that identified Morales.

Morales currently serves as the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, a four-year comprehensive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in Southern California. In this role, she is responsible for leading and developing university-community engagement initiatives in the areas of academic service learning, community engaged scholarship, and co-curricular community engagement.

“Marisol brought tremendous vision when she came to the University of La Verne four years ago“ said Devorah Lieberman, President of the University of La Verne and a member of Campus Compact’s Board of Directors. “She leads by example, through hard work and with a genuine passion for helping students and making meaningful change in the community. We look forward to working closely with her as she steps into her new role with Campus Compact.“

Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Morales was Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Her civic work in Chicago included service on numerous nonprofit boards including Josephinum Academy, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, and the Puerto Rican Agenda. In addition, Morales was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty and the Illinois Latino Family Commission, where she chaired the Education sub-committee.

Morales earned a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and an MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. She is an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2008 Executive Leadership Program, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s 2015 Regional Leadership Academy, and the 2015 Presidio Cross-Sector Leadership program. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

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