Marsha Guthrie serves as the Deputy Director of Network Strategies. In this role she provides strategic thought leadership and spearheads programming and processes that create and sustain social change for racial equity practitioners in the GARE network.
Marsha has more than 20-years of experience in complex systems with the last 15+ years spent in local government, Marsha has led work within cross-sectional leadership circles and multi- collaborative networks including Birth to 22 United for Brighter Futures (B-22), BRIDGES and Advancing the Mission Network (ATM). Known for moving ideas into action through her results-based approach and action leadership, Marsha designed and incubated a number of social impact community based initiatives that remain thriving and active in her community today.
Prior to joining Race Forward, Marsha led community planning, partnership development and new initiative resource exploration and management for Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Palm Beach County. In that role, she provided essential leadership to Children’s Services Council and played a key role in advancing its racial equity systems’ transformation work as the former Lead of the Council’s and Palm Beach County’s Racial Equity Core Teams. Palm Beach County has been a member of the GARE network since 21019 and Marsha had the honor of serving on the GARE National Steering Committee since 2021.
Marsha is a mother, strategist and activist dedicated to racial and social justice and advancing equity centered practices. Over the past decade, this has been the core focus of Marsha’s work as she established strategic initiatives grounded in best practices, while ensuring equity with the creation of new policies that drove systematic reforms and strengthened systems of care. Marsha’s goal is to ensure that all children and their families are able to reach full potential by unlocking their own power and where needed with support rooted in equity and justice.
Marsha’s professional and personal worlds often collide, as she invests considerable time serving her community, organizing and advocating for the enrichment of BIPOC communities by lending her expertise to drive local projects and community conversations forward.
Marsha is a graduate of Montclair State University and currently resides in South Florida with her daughter. Marsha has had a deep commitment to improving the lives of groups that have been marginalized and strives to center disproportionately affected groups in her personal and professional life. She is a staunch racial and social justice advocate and is often hailed as a “work-a-bee for change”.
In her spare time, Marsha enjoys planning her annual family vacation, traveling and experiencing new cultures.