Marcia joined IREX as the Southern Africa regional manager for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the end of September 2014.
Prior to joining IREX, Marcia worked for Barclays Africa, steering the Employee Volunteer Program, which connected with 40,000+ employees across 13 countries in Africa where Barclays operated. She also worked within the corporate social responsibility team of Barclays Africa, and previously a leading South African financial institution, Absa. Throughout her tenure, Marcia supported community organizations that worked in the sectors of youth development, women empowerment, rural savings and entrepreneurial development.
Marcia has been committed to social and economic development in Southern Africa since she first visited the region in 1994 during her work with Public Sector Solutions, a development consultancy that was deeply involved in the municipal demarcation process during the early South African elections.
Marcia holds a master of arts in urban studies with a focus on community development from the City University of New York’s Hunter College, and a bachelor of arts in anthropology and sociology from the State University of New York at Albany.