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Marissa Guananja

Chief Programs Officer


Marissa Guananja is the chief programs officer at Roosevelt where she oversees program development and the long-term strategy for organizational development and fundraising.

As the chief programs officer, Marissa oversees all of the Roosevelt Institute’s programmatic activities including the Think Tank, the Roosevelt Network, and Policy and Advocacy departments. She also supports the organization’s long-term strategy development, fundraising, and organizational development. Marissa has over 15 years of progressive movement and programmatic experience. Before coming to Roosevelt, she served as a program officer for Family Economic Security at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation where she managed a grantmaking portfolio that focused on job quality, worker power, and racial wealth inequality. Prior to the W.K.Kellogg Foundation Marissa built coalitions and strategic partnership to improve the lives of low-wage and immigrant workers, supported transnational immigrant organizing and economic development efforts, and supported innovations in workforce development and housing. 

Marissa is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business’ executive program. She holds a graduate degree in public policy from George Washington University and a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA. She sits on the board of Carina, a home care and child care platform that brings good jobs to care workers.