Meg Erskine, MRC’s co-founder and CEO, has devoted her career to contributing to environmental and social causes in collaborative and innovative ways. Since 2009, Meg has led MRC's strategic growth, including the 2011 introduction of the New Leaf agriculture program, 2014 acquisition of the Open Arms manufacturing enterprise, 2016 development of the Shared Voices interpreter training program, and the refinement of the MRC mission to create opportunities for refugee livelihoods. Under Meg’s leadership, Open Arms was selected as the first US-based social enterprise of global home goods giant IKEA and MRC’s agriculture program has grown to partnerships with three local gardens and a local farm. With a background in conservation biology and community development, Meg has worked as the State Bat Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, contributed to nonprofit community development boards, and taught ESL to refugees. She holds a B.S. in conservation biology from the University of Texas at Austin and lives with her husband and son in south Austin.
Jessica Mann, Chief Operations Officer
The thread running through Jessica’s work is a passion for the prevention of violence and the recovery of victims of violence. She worked as an analyst at Stratfor, as a domestic violence prevention counselor, and an emergency services responder at the University of Texas. She has served on two nonprofit boards and has been an elementary literacy volunteer and a Refugee Services of Texas volunteer. She joined MRC in 2016 as a volunteer and in 2017 as staff. She led the organization through the development of a strategic plan and currently contributes to communications, program development and evaluation and enterprise management. She earned her BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Texas, Austin. Jessica is moved by the resilience of the refugees she’s met and energized by MRC’s mission. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.
Laura Robinson, Development Coordinator
During the past eight years, Laura has worked and volunteered for nonprofits focused on a wide range of issues, both domestic and international. After receiving her B.A. from New College of Florida she spent a Fulbright grant year in India researching nonprofits that support women’s political participation. She then worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a refugee resettlement agency in Florida, where she further developed her passion for working with nonprofits and international communities, and as a Campaign Assistant for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Laura is pursuing a Master of Global Policy Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the MRC team in January of 2018.
Marla Koosed, External CPA
Marla has been a licensed CPA in Texas since 1996. She started her own accounting practice in 2006, primarily focused on non-profit organizations. “I love what I do,” Marla says, “and if my clients can focus on their mission instead of accounting, they love what they do, too. That is my goal.” Marla holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from University of North Texas.