Feminist trailblazer, community development aficionado, and change agent Marianne Cerilli has been working her entire life for a world that is healthy, sustainable, equitable, and peaceful. Beginning as a recreation and fitness leader, then high school guidance counsellor, teacher, and coach, she learned to use community development approaches. Her work as a government employee, three-term MLA, community mentor/advocate, policy analyst, and community animator gave her a clear understanding of government pitfalls and potential from different perspectives. She effectively combines academic theory with community lived experience in her change work, drawing from her own experience as a working mother, including while a contract faculty member in Politics, Education, Women and Gender Studies, and Kinesiology, in addition to years as a college instructor in community development and community economic development. As a consultant she applies her process design, writing and facilitation skills to share her many social innovation tools for building community and collaborative capacity.