In the summer of 2016, Marissa completed her dissertation on feminist nuclear policy as part of her MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. During this time she began to engage with feminist foreign policy and quickly became convinced of the impact feminist values can have in making foreign policy more transparent, intersectional, and ethical. The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) was officially launched in London in December 2016, and in 2019, Marissa was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List for her work with CFFP.
Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London in 2015 to pursue her MA. Previously she worked with Freedom House, a safe house for survivors of human trafficking, Living Water, a clean water charity, and consulted as a branding and graphic design creative for organisations like ATLAS Women, Triarc, the Centre for Intersectional Justice, and embassies across Europe. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University in Orange County, California.
Marissa frequently writes and speaks about feminist nuclear policy, feminist foreign policy, and feminist business practices. She has been published by the University of Oxford, Chatham House, Ploughshares, and the Turkish Policy Quarterly, and regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and events throughout Europe and the US. For a full list of her publications and past speaking engagements, see www.marissaconway.com.