Marisa joined First Nations in 2021 as a Development Officer. In this role, she works with First Nations’ supporters and fosters opportunities to engage with the mission of First Nations and invest in Native communities.
Prior to this, Marisa worked as a consultant, fundraiser, and program manager for a variety of organizations, including REZILIENCE Organization, Americans for Indian Opportunity, Campo Band of Kumeyaay, Native Community Development Associates, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
She serves on the Marketing and Outreach and Curriculum Committees of Renesan-Institute for Lifelong Learning, and is the chairwoman emeritus of the Native American Democratic Caucus. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s in legal studies with a concentration on Indigenous people’s law from the University of Oklahoma.