Nerissa Taylor has nearly a decade of experience leading nonprofits to achieve their mission through strategic partnership building. She currently serves as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at Fountain House, a nonprofit based in NYC, focused on improving health, increasing opportunity, and reducing social & economic isolation for people living with serious mental illness. Previous to joining Fountain House, Nerissa was the lead philanthropy officer at the American Red Cross in New York. Nerissa spent several years working in Washington, DC. Nerissa joined the foundation arm of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as Corporate Relations Officer. Nerissa spent nearly four years building a corporate engagement program from the ground up. Previous to this she spent three years at the National League of Cities, an organization focused on improving the lives of constituents by bringing together local elected officials. While on the Strategic Partnerships team she led strategic partnership building and multi-year partnerships between NLC, the private sector industry, and local government. Nerissa’s passion for public-private partnership building stems from her first role at the Clinton Global Initiative where she learned first-hand of the impact of bringing together the private and public sectors to create impactful social change. She is incredibly excited to be part of the Fountain House team during this critical time where the impacts of COVID-19, racial and social injustice, and social isolation have spurred national and global conversation around destigmatizing mental health. Nerissa is a graduate of Wellesley College.