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Partner, Coach
Coaching Progressive Sector
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Marissa Graciosa is committed to social justice and has found ways to contribute to movement work as a community organizer, political strategist, and coalition builder. Now, as a coach with The Management Center, she can combine her many years of experience at the local and national levels with her great love for team building. Her most recent roles include Senior Advisor to the Building Movement Project and Director of Organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In all her work, she has been known as a mentor, innovator, and champion of racial equity transformation. Marissa is rooted in over a decade of leadership in immigrant rights—most notably at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) at the Center for Community Change, the Alliance for Citizenship, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She serves on several Boards of Directors, including her local social service agency, the Howard Area Community Center, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. She is also the co-founder of her neighborhood ICE raids response network. Marissa received her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Chicago with her beautiful blended family, including a feisty toddler, Emiliano.