Raissa Marks

Raissa Marks
Lily Mark English, French
With over 20 years in the non-prof­it sec­tor, Rais­sa is a col­lab­o­ra­tive leader with a pas­sion for fos­ter­ing healthy com­mu­ni­ties and empow­er­ing the peo­ple with­in them. She is the founder and prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant of Lily Mark, whose social pur­pose is to strength­en orga­ni­za­tions and sup­port col­lab­o­ra­tion for change. Rais­sa is a skilled facil­i­ta­tor with exten­sive expe­ri­ence lead­ing diverse groups of peo­ple through con­sen­sus-based deci­sion-mak­ing process­es. She is a cer­ti­fied coach who helps her clients achieve clar­i­ty and real­ize trans­for­ma­tive pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al growth. She is a strate­gic thinker with expe­ri­ence in pol­i­cy work at both the fed­er­al and provin­cial lev­els. Rais­sa has expe­ri­ence at the direc­tor and exec­u­tive direc­tor lev­el with var­i­ous envi­ron­men­tal and social jus­tice orga­ni­za­tions, as well as board expe­ri­ence. She holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Envi­ron­ment from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and a Mas­ter of Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies from York Uni­ver­si­ty, which focused on envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion, civic engage­ment, and com­mu­ni­ty build­ing. Her moth­er tongue is Eng­lish; she is also flu­ent in French thanks to pri­ma­ry school French immer­sion and sub­se­quent work in both offi­cial lan­guages in New Brunswick, Canada’s only bilin­gual province. Through Lily Mark, Rais­sa pro­vides high qual­i­ty ser­vices for mis­sion-dri­ven orga­ni­za­tions large and small. Her ser­vices include exec­u­tive and lead­er­ship coach­ing, work­shop design and facil­i­ta­tion, and orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment sup­port includ­ing strate­gic plan­ning, suc­ces­sion plan­ning, gov­er­nance, and change man­age­ment. She cur­rent­ly lives in Montréal.


  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning


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Board Governance for Non-profits

This board governance training covers the following topics:

1. Overview: What is Board Governance?

2. Roles and Responsibilities of the Board:

  • Setting Strategy and Direction
  • Developing and Maintaining Organizational Policies
  • Financial Oversight
  • Supervising and Supporting the Executive Director
  • Evaluation

3. Board of Directors – Inner Workings"

  • Positions
  • Committees
  • Running (and participating in) effective board meetings

Strategic Plans for Non-profits

This workshop will cover the following topics: 

  1. This workshop will cover the following topics: What is a strategic plan?
  2. Core elements of a strategic plan
  3. Ideal timeframe for a strategic plan
  4. Roles and responsibilities of the board, ED, and staff in relation to the strategic plan
  5. Who should be involved in developing a strategic plan, and how they should be involved
  6. Steps for developing a strategic plan
  7. Typical timeframe and cost of developing a strategic plan
  8. Implementation of the strategic plan
Workload, Time Management, and Boundary Setting

Are you a part of a small or medium-sized non-profit organization struggling with workload, time management, and boundary setting?

This interactive workshop is designed to provide you with practical strategies and empower you to make meaningful changes in how you manage your workload and time. Join us and take the first step towards a more balanced and productive work life!

This interactive workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Hard truths about workload and boundaries on our time in non-profit organizations
  • Key skills for avoiding burn-out
  • Hard and soft boundaries on our time
  • A simple method to help prioritize tasks

By the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • Reflected on some hard truths about their workload and boundaries on how they spend their time
  • Learned how to set boundaries on their time and hold themselves accountable to those boundaries
  • Learned how to prioritize their work on a weekly basis using a simple method
  • Been empowered to take charge of their time and their workload