Marissa graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Community. As a clinical student at Georgetown, Marissa litigated police harassment, corporate exploitation of indigent tenants, Title IX and ex-felon voting disenfranchisement cases with the Institute for Public Representation’s Civil Rights division. As a law student she also founded and served as Co-President of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), served as Executive Online Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal, and developed and incorporated the first-ever “cultural competency” training initiative within the school’s pro bono program.
As a passionate advocate for racial and economic justice, Marissa is committed to dismantling the prison industrial complex and to establishing a justice system that guarantees equal treatment and operates with compassion. Her experience as a law student includes work with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the District of Columbia Public Defender Service.
Marissa was born in Oklahoma–where she retains active citizenship in the Chickasaw Nation–and raised in California. She is an avid basketball fan and enjoys dressing up in costume for Star Wars premieres.