Marina T. Eisenberg Named Senior Director of Finance and Administration at One Common Unity
Washington, DC, October 23, 2023 – One Common Unity (OCU) proudly announces Marina Eisenberg as their new Senior Director of Finance and Administration. A mission-driven nonprofit leader, Marina has dedicated her career to developing efficient systems, building strategic infrastructure, and expanding access for students and families from underserved communities. Impacted by her experience of growing up as a refugee in a predominantly low-income and immigrant neighborhood in the Bronx, NY, Marina is committed to combating the many challenges of equity and access she witnessed firsthand in her community.
In her new role as Senior Director of Finance and Administration, Marina will actively align OCU’s inspiring vision and programs with systems of operational excellence, sustainable financial management, and cross-collaboration.
Marina began her career in higher education at Georgetown University, creating strategic initiatives to better support and empower first-generation, low-income students. As Assistant Director, Student Programs and Business Administration, she was responsible for managing the university’s financial aid budget and leading its financial literacy programs. Upon completing her Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy at Georgetown University, Marina took on a leadership opportunity as Registrar for the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, DC’s largest multi-campus institution for adult English language learners. Over her four-year tenure, Marina revolutionized her department by developing its first-ever strategic plan, streamlining operations, integrating new technology, and building a professional development and performance track program for staff.
Her savvy, solutions-oriented approach in implementing efficient systems led her to spend the following few years of the pandemic working in strategic operations and compliance-based leadership roles at two different local DC schools before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.
Marina is currently the Director, Strategy, and Operations at Kids’ First Years, a collective impact organization that works to provide equity and accessibility to resources and publicly funded early childhood programs for families with young children in the city of Alexandria. In her role, she oversees the strategic coordination of the collective’s diverse initiatives, manages grant compliance and regional coordination, and drives forward a data-focused approach to operationalizing systems.
About One Common Unity
For more than 20 years, One Common Unity’s (OCU) high-impact, holistic programming has engaged over 35,000 youth, families, and educators in the DC area to lead a shift away from violence through in-school and after-school programs, mental health services, citywide campaigns, teacher trainings, family engagement sessions, community concerts, and art showcases.
One Common Unity builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. The organization places highly skilled artist-facilitators and mental health therapists in DC schools to improve students’ behavioral health outcomes and provide trauma-informed care.
One Common Unity’s flagship prevention program, Fly By Light, trains the next generation of youth leaders in social-emotional literacy and non-violent communication. The Intention Room, the organization’s innovative model for restorative justice, offers an effective strategy to prevent in- and out-of-school suspensions and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
Founded in 2000 out of concern for the epidemic of violence in Washington, DC, and the United States, today One Common Unity’s arts education and strengths-based youth programming has evolved to offer mental wellness, conflict resolution, leadership development, and community engagement opportunities in safe, culturally appropriate settings.