Marcella joined CNT to manage the expansion of RainReady Home, an initiative that empowers residents to manage their risk of home flooding. A native Chicagoan, Marcella personally experienced sewer backups in her parent’s basement. Prior to CNT, Marcella worked for ten years in environmental consulting, academia and the non-profit sector, managing a broad range of environmental projects in Midwestern cities. A scientist and urban planner by training, Marcella is passionate about sustainable urban development. Marcella sees RainReady Home as a solution to create more affordable and healthy homes, while addressing environmental justice issues for communities that bear the brunt of urban flooding.
Marcella holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and bachelor’s degrees in biology and English.