Marissa was raised in rural upstate New York. Spending time hiking in the region, particularly the glacially formed gorges of Ithaca, contributed to her deep rooted interest in plants and landscape. Marissa has an educational background in both landscape architecture and agricultural science, and combines her proficiency in graphic design and fabrication technologies with her knowledge of planting and ecology to contribute to the MVVA design process. Marissa is currently involved in the planting aspects for A Gathering Place for Tulsa, in addition to conceptual design for Green-Wood Cemetery.
Marissa received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences from Cornell University, with a specific focus in soil science and sustainability. She earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, where she worked as a teaching assistant. After graduation, Marissa was an instructor at the Career Discovery Program at Harvard.
Prior to joining MVVA, Marissa worked as an intern for OFICINAA, a landscape architecture firm in Ingolstadt, Germany. While a student at Harvard, she worked as a research assistant for Rosetta Elkin, in collaboration with MVVA, on Structures of Coastal Resilience, a project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. She was also employed by Richard Burck and Associates, a landscape architecture firm in Somerville, MA.
Marissa joined MVVA in 2015.