Chief Operating Officer Marielle Downes has over 12 years of executive leadership in non-profit and business operations, strategic planning, and social services. Throughout her career, she has worked diligently to advance programs to ensure services, resources, and systems are designed to empower people, facilitate healing, and prevent further violence. She was a founding member of Project PEACE (Partnership to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone), a coordinated community effort to implement the most effective and efficient array of prevention, protection, and support services to end domestic violence in Arlington, VA, and provided a leadership role in the Safety and Accountability Audit of Arlington County. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology.