Deeply interested in aspects of wellbeing and community capacity-building, Marisa Casagrande’s background includes 15 years of research and analysis in this area, with some occasionally forays into the teaching of young minds. She has worked in academia as well as the non-profit and government sector, often acting as a liaison between these spaces. Believing that community wellbeing hinges on three important notions: respect for human dignity; support of strong families, and a balance between rights and responsibilities, Marisa’s research and analysis has often sought to better understand how these notions intersect. Marisa spent 6 years in Phd studies. Her research on community wellbeing explored how different aspects of human capability interact with structural and social aspects of the community to influence wellbeing.