Civil Rights Attorney
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.