Our Team

Marisa Pérez-Díaz,
Executive Director, Firstmark Credit Union/Firstmark Foundation

Marisa Pérez-Díaz serves as the Executive Director of the Firstmark Foundation, bringing to the role a decade of experience in the K-12 and higher education system, as a former school district administrator, university co-instructor, and education policymaker. Her comprehension of, and appreciation for, the education ecosystem, creates the pathway toward strategic and impactful cross-sectional partnerships with our education community. The Firstmark Foundation aims to lead the charge in serving as THE institution created by educators for educators. Marisa is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is the proud wife of a school district trustee and mother of three.

Diane Bacon

Diane Bacon,
Foundation & Education Relationships Manager

Diane Bacon serves as the Foundation and Education Relationships Manager for the Firstmark Foundation. As a 16 year employee of Firstmark Credit Union, Diane has been dedicated to serving the credit union members as a Financial Center Manager at 7 Firstmark financial centers, including as the founding manager at the Legacy Financial Center which opened in 2021.

Prior to working with Firstmark, Diane spent over 10 years as a school, community, and PTA volunteer, serving as PTA President on 2 campuses in NEISD and one campus in Calallen ISD in Corpus Christi. Her professional expertise combined with her school and community work have led Diane to transition to the Firstmark Foundation team supporting the philanthropic arm of Firstmark Credit Union by engaging the education community through outreach efforts, financial literacy trainings, and grant distribution.

Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a Marketing major from Georgia State University, and has previously served as a Vice President and Branch Manager at Bank of America and First Gibraltar Savings.

Christy Bradshaw

Christy Bradshaw
Foundation & Education Specialist

Christy Bradshaw came to Firstmark after spending ten years as an elementary school teacher in the North East Independent School District. She has spent the last three years working as an assistant to the executive team. During that time, she helped to build and launch the Firstmark Foundation.

Her passion for giving back coupled with her background in education and extensive experience preparing presentations, coordinating programs, and planning events, while managing timelines and budgets, make her an excellent addition to the Firstmark Foundation Team.

Christy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. During her career, she has worked across multiple industries including education, government, and business.