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Marni Eisner

Program Director

Marni Eisner is a Program Director at MDC and director of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Great Expectations early-childhood initiative to build a strong foundation in Forsyth County, N.C., so all children, regardless of their family's income, will be ready to succeed in school by the time they complete kindergarten. Marni brings wide-ranging experience in advancing educational and health outcomes for children, and in her capacity as MDC’s Great Expectations Director, she will guide day-to-day work in Forsyth County, working in concert with other MDC Durham-based staff and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Most recently, Marni led communications and development for Charlotte’s Freedom School Partners, a local version of the pioneering Children’s Defense Fund, focused on improving the reading ability of economically disadvantaged children. Prior to that, she directed the policy efforts of the Charlotte Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), where she worked with a broad coalition of community partners to advance system-level and policy change to benefit the community’s children, birth to 18. In that capacity, Marni directed CFCR's advocacy for services for children from birth to five-years-old, including Universal PreK, Nurse Family Partnership, and expanded child care subsidies. She also chaired the Mecklenburg County Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team, work that yielded important system-level changes in services for children and families. Her previous work, in Richmond, Va., concentrated on prevention of family violence and efforts to support that state’s medical community.

Throughout her career, Marni has had a clear focus on equity and authentic engagement with communities of color. She has served as a committed volunteer on issues affecting children of all ages, including teaching young children to read, leading a public school PTA, supporting the needs of homeless children, and working to promote teen health. 

Marni received her B.A. from Brown University and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.