Chief Operating Officer
Shanna Marzilli is the chief operating officer at Plan International USA, an international humanitarian and development organization that partners with adolescent girls and their communities around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality. We provide the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety.
In her role, Shanna is responsible for overseeing the execution of Plan USA’s business development and fundraising plans, providing leadership and strategic vision to maximize program impact, efficiency and collaboration across the organization. Prior to this appointment, Shanna was Plan’s chief marketing officer for more than eight years and chief human resources officer for the past four years.
As CMO, she oversaw all individual giving, as well as partnerships with corporations and foundations. She was responsible for building Plan’s brand through marketing, communications, public engagement and advocacy initiatives. As CHRO, Shanna oversaw workforce development and talent management efforts, leading the implementation of Plan’s total compensation philosophy and increasing employee engagement.
Since joining Plan in 2013, Shanna has managed the execution of projects including Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which raised more than $15 million for girls’ education. She led the development and implementation of a rebranding, resulting in increased brand awareness among target audiences. Shanna has also spearheaded annual U.S. activities around International Day of the Girl, which included girls and young women taking over the positions of female executives at companies such as Facebook, Google, MSNBC and YouTube.
Shanna began her career in health policy, primarily at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, where she served as the assistant vice president for corporate compliance and ethics, senior vice president of strategic transformation and chief marketing officer. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Women to Watch in Health Care award from Providence Business News.
Shanna is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.