Marisa orfei

Executive Director

Marisa is a creative and innovative leader with a passion for telling stories and building relationships. Throughout her career, she has created and told important stories that impact positive change in our community.

Marisa has extensive leadership, stakeholder relationship, and communications experience within government, philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations. Her career began at Alberta Environment and led to her role as Director of Communications for the Premier.  

Marisa then spent 10 years with the Palix Foundation developing and implementing creative communications strategies for complex research. She produced award-winning resources that told the story of ‘How Brains Are Built’. 

Marisa then took on a position as Interim Executive Director for APPLE Schools, focused on giving schools and children a healthier future.

Her other passions include spending time with her family and friends, traveling, gardening, and cooking from scratch!


sabrina huot

Communications & Engagement Specialist

Sabrina (she/her) was introduced to the world of sustainability in the first year of her Undergraduate at MacEwan University through the Office of Sustainability, where she was a member of the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC). It was through the SLC that Sabrina was first introduced to the Alberta Emerald Foundation after receiving an Emerald Award in the youth category in 2019! After graduating, things have come full circle and Sabrina has ended up in what she describes as the perfect role for her and couldn’t be more excited to join the AEF team.

Outside of the office, Sabrina can be found bouldering at the local climbing gym, exploring the backcountry, and tackling various vintage sewing projects! Sabrina lives in Edmonton with her partner and her Corgi, Cleo.