As a member of the Pacific Council's executive management team, Marissa Gantman is in charge of brand management, external positioning, stakeholder relations, and oversees external content creation and curation across the organization's communications channels. She leads strategy setting and implementation for all of the Council's communications, marketing, and events.
Prior to her role at the Pacific Council, she worked on an array of projects that bridged strategic communications, media, and global impact, including the launch of the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA. Marissa has worked for communications and PR agencies both in Los Angeles and London, UK, where she specialized in media freedom and journalist safety in conflict zones. She has conducted media research in East Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Europe, and the Caucasus and worked with clients including the UN, OSCE, DFID, and USAID. Marissa graduated Summa Cum Laude in Political Communication and International Affairs from the George Washington University and holds a MSc with distinction in Media, Communications, and Development from the London School of Economics. She is an Americorps alumna.
Originally from Connecticut, Marissa now gladly calls the Westside of LA home, venturing frequently into California's vast and beautiful wilderness.