Marissa is a second year Master in Public Policy student at the Kennedy School. She is a Public Service Fellow and was most recently a Summer Cultural Bridge Fellow through Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program, an opportunity through which she developed a group support program for teenage girls in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Prior to the Kennedy School, Marissa was a Research Associate for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) where she worked to support the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) and the Avoice project on research and programs related to inequality reduction in African-American communities. She also founded a non-profit organization while in college called NOLArize!, which worked to raise social and cultural awareness about New Orleans and continue efforts in directly aiding its local communities after Hurricane Katrina. She is a budding “bridge-figure” and agent of social change dedicated to working on behalf of historically underserved segments of our society. She originally hails from Kingston, Jamaica.