Staff Spotlight: Marisa Hossick – Communications Director

This article was published on: 11/11/23 7:30 AM

In two sentences tell us what you do at the Deschutes River Conservancy.

I help raise awareness of the work DRC is doing to restore rivers in Central Oregon. My job is to create communications strategies, curate messaging, develop visuals, and engage our community in caring for our rivers and supporting our work.

What is the most important thing you are working on right now?

Right now, we’re going into our second year of our Raise the Deschutes seminar series. It’s exciting because we are going to be focusing on raising awareness about river and water issues in communities outside of Bend. Redmond, Prineville, La Pine, Sunriver, Madras, Culver, Warm Springs. All communities are connected by the Deschutes River and its tributaries.

What is something that is happening at the organization right now you are very excited about?

After years of planning and convening important conversations, there is a lot of momentum around working together to ensure a more resilient water future for people, rivers, farms, and fish. This is also happening during a time of significant funding opportunities from the federal government. Everything is coming together.

What is the most unique part about working for The Deschutes River Conservancy?

The DRC is a collaborative organization. We bring people together to resolve water issues. That’s pretty unique in a time with a lot of discord.

Last book you read OR movie you watched?

Right now. We’re watching Stranger Things as a family. Lots of nostalgia and surprises. Very fun!

A quote you like to live by?

“You can’t always choose what happens in life, but you always choose how you react to it.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Being with my family, riding my bike, reading, learning, and traveling.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Sleep! As a mom, that’s not always a given. 🙂

What is the number one piece of advice you have for someone trying to get into this field?

Find something you enjoy doing and see how that connects to the conservation world. For me, it was creativity and art.