Marisa has served as RESURJ’s Executive Coordinator since 2015 and will be stepping down from this role in March of 2022 as part of RESURJ’s feminist leadership transition. Marisa’s commitment and dedication to social justice, gender equality, and human rights is deeply rooted in her experiences growing up in a resource-poor area of the Brazilian Amazon where discrimination and violence against girls and women continues to be the norm. She has led young feminist organizing at the global, regional, and national levels and worked with feminist organizations promoting women’s human rights and justice across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.
Marisa’s experience spans evidence-based advocacy, program development, and participatory evaluation, implementation of youth-friendly health services, grantmaking for women’s and LGBTI focused groups, and young feminist organizing. She has led the Association for Women’s Rights and Development (AWID)’s Young Feminist Program; worked at the Foundation for Tropical Medicine in the Brazilian Amazon implementing youth-friendly health services program for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, and she served as Latin America Program Associate for the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) and worked with IWHC’s international policy program in training and mobilizing young people from around the world to advocate effectively for sexual and reproductive rights and health in national, regional, and international fora. She is currently also a member of the BRICS Feminist Watch, the Vecinas Feministas for sexual and reproductive justice in Latin America, and an advisor to Mama Cash. After overcoming many barriers including not attending school until the age of 11, Marisa was the first in her family to attend university. She has a B.A. in International Affairs and Environmental Social Justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Public Health – Population and Family Health from Columbia University.
What brings me pleasure:
The warmth of sunsets, lying in my hammock, the feeling of water washing over me, mangoes, swimming, touching trees, reading recipes out loud (but not really cooking them); shared laughters and accomplishments.