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Marissa Graciosa

Marissa Graciosa joined the Building Movement Project in 2019 as Senior Advisor and now as Project Team member, bringing her many years of experience in community organizing, coalition building, and racial justice to the organization. Prior to joining BMP, she played several roles at Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- as the the Director of Strategic Initiatives, spearheading the internal racial equity transformation work for the advocacy division, and as the National Director of Organizing through unprecedented attacks at the state and federal levels.  Before joining PPFA, she worked for over a decade in the immigrant rights movement, as the Director of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) at the Center for Community Change and in the national efforts led by the Alliance for Citizenship and the Reform Immigration for America Campaign. She played key roles in the mass immigrant mobilizations of 2006 and 2010, and has helped to build organizing and electoral capacity in key states through training, coaching, and strategic consulting.   She has also led numerous issue and political campaigns, including a Chicago aldermanic race and the non-partisan voter registration and mobilization work of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Marissa received her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She lives in Chicago with her beautiful blended family, including a fiesty toddler, Emiliano.