HEARTH Welcomes Marisa C. Williams – Our New CEO!

HEARTH is very excited to welcome Marisa Williams to our team as HEARTH’s next CEO. Marisa’s reputation precedes her. She is well rounded and will bring a fresh new perspective to HEARTH as we move into the future.  She is a person who cares about elevating people in her community to succeed, whether that be clients or staff. She also brings expertise in relationship management, which will be helping HEARTH to navigate new and existing relationships within our community, thus helping us to open new doors for our clients. We are very excited to have her joining us!


Marisa has always been passionate about creating opportunities for those in need, particularly women and children. After working in financial services for 10 years, she joined the YMCA in 2015. During her time at the Y she has held several leadership roles; Executive Director, Regional Executive Director and Associate Vice President. In those roles, she was responsible for cultivating donors, developing board members and engaging staff to create a safe, fun, and engaging environment. In 2018, she was elevated to Associate Vice President, Community Outreach & Impact, expanding her responsibilities to include the Greater Pittsburgh Association footprint. Marisa was charged with creating a new department. The main focus was to bring social services into communities who desperately need them, but do not have brick and mortar facilities. Most recently, Marisa accepted the role of CEO at HEARTH; she will succeed the founding CEO in September 2020. Marisa’s areas of expertise are relationship management, fundraising, and leadership development.

Marisa is extremely involved in the Pittsburgh community; she recognizes her responsibility and is passionate about serving the community where she works, and lives. Marisa is a Pittsburgh Magazine “40 Under 40” alum, and serves on the following boards The Allegheny Regional Asset District, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. She also serves as the Vice Chair for the Governor’s
Advisory Commission for African American Affairs.

“All the work we do is connected; we want to build healthy families, who produce amazingly whole and healthy children, regardless of their zip code. Those children will then go on to become the leaders we need for future generations. It’s a cycle.” Says Marisa.  Marisa leads by her actions and is committed to changing her little part of the world for the better. Marisa,  a native of Media, PA, is a proud alum of the University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Eugene and they are the proud parents to Eugene D. Williams IV.