Marissa founded the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy in December 2016 and currently serves as its UK Director. Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London to earn her MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. She also holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University in Orange County, California. She currently works as a photographer and branding consultant and often publishes pieces on feminist foreign policy and related topics. In the past, she has worked with the Action on Smoking and Health, international clean water charity Living Water, and California-based anti-trafficking initiatives.