Meet Marc Manashil, Community Evangelist

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I'm genuinely excited to introduce Marc Manashil to the community today.

As the NetSquared Community Evangelist, Marc’s work will focus on translating the ideas, activities and insights brewing across the NetSquared universe into programming focused on helping to increase the social, technical and economic capacity of social-benefit projects and more than 100,000 civil society organizations TechSoup Global serves in over 35 countries around the globe.

Marc’s community engagement work includes organizing, outreach and communications in three specific program areas:
 
Net2 Online. Marc will contribute regularly to the NetSquared blog and our ongoing work of surfacing and highlighting innovative initiatives happening across the public-benefit sector.
 
Net2 Local. Offline, Marc’s efforts focus on building the capacity of community leaders across the network of Net2 Local groups that meet face-to-face every month in (81) cities around the world. Working closely with other community organizers, Marc’s team is responsible for increasing connections between people and projects, and harnessing TechSoup Global’s various resources towards local needs.
 
Net2-in-Practice. A new program area, Marc’s efforts aim to catalyze communities of practice via peer-to-peer learning forums, local trainings, web-based challenges and collaborative events that accelerate the development and maximize the impact of social-benefit projects.
 
More about Marc’s background.
A community veteran, Marc brings a diverse range of skills in developing, launching and managing community-driven projects. Marc began his career in the human rights movement where he served a volunteer organizer for Amnesty International. A Social Worker by training, Marc ultimately found his calling in global philanthropic work after taking several volunteer journeys overseas and serving as Program Director for a Latin American medical relief organization.
 
Marc subsequently co-founded and served for ten years as Executive Director of The Clarence Foundation -- an organization promoting engaged international philanthropy. In this role, Marc organized donors into giving circles where they pooled their funds and made grants to social innovators around the world.
 
Marc has also been an advocate for global engagement through his writing and public speaking. He has organized numerous workshops and events on cross-cultural grantmaking while remaining active in philanthropic organizations, most notably the Association of Small Foundations.
 
In 2009, Marc stepped down from the foundation to pursue a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing his studies on leadership development and serving as a Teaching Assistant for a course on exercising leadership from a cross-cultural and international perspective.
Marc is a community organizer at heart who is passionate about leveraging technology to connect and engage diverse people in world-changing initiatives. We’re excited to have him aboard!