Marianne Downing has come to the board of Big Ocean with more than 20 years of experience in management and evaluation in the nonprofit sector. For six of those years, she owned a successful consultancy firm in New Zealand that specialized in the evaluation of nonprofit organizations and their programs. She brings to the board best practices taken from 150 organizational assessments of a variety of sizes and cultures. She has previously been a member of other nonprofit boards in New Zealand including social work and educational organizations. Prior to coming to live in the United States in 2012, Marianne was engaged in a project to expand a social service agency into the French speaking areas of France, Switzerland and Belgium.