For Immediate Release
Contact: Melanie Marquez Parra

Arlington, VA (Jan. 10, 2022) — Marie Garvin, former CFO for the national advocacy organization, Food & Water Watch, has been named CFO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Garvin, a financial management executive with more than 20 years in the industry, will join NACAC on Jan. 24 after eight years as director of finance and CFO for the national advocacy organization, Food & Water Watch. She previously was controller for the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC. In these roles, Garvin was responsible for budget development, financial reporting and analysis, benefits and investment portfolio management, and regulatory compliance.

At Food and Water Watch, Garvin managed the daily operations and transactional aspects of a global finance office while also working to achieve strategic goals, such as increasing operating reserves and reducing the organization’s debt. She is familiar with grants management and philanthropy and will bring that expertise to her new position.

“With 15 years of experience in non-profit financial administration, Marie is quite familiar with grants management and philanthropy, and will be bringing her wealth of knowledge to NACAC in these areas,” NACAC CEO Angel B. Peréz said. “She impressed the search firm and leadership team in the interview process with her understanding of finance and non-profit management. However, it was her personality, humor, and humility that made us confident she is the right fit for NACAC— especially as we intentionally build a caring, empathetic leadership team.”

Garvin said her philosophy for managing an organization’s fiscal needs in the midst of a pandemic is to “plan as much as possible, even for the unexpected no matter how small because everything has a cost to it. Of course, no one saw COVID coming, but those orgs that already had a solid technological infrastructure were more prepared to keep it moving, although on a different path.”


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 24,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.