< Back Marisa Renee Lee, Senior Advisor
Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. In 2017 Marisa launched a health and wellness start-up. In the same year, she was also named a member of the Ebony Power 100 amongst other Community Crusaders she greatly admires.
Marisa was the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit born out of President Obama’s call to action to address the barriers to success that boys and young men of color (BYMOC) disproportionately face along the life path. In 2016, Marisa was recognized in the Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40 as a “Rabble Rouser for Obama.”
Marisa also served as Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement at the White House where she oversaw public-private partnerships and relationships with the business community on behalf of President Obama. Previously, Marisa served on the White House Domestic Policy Council as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility. Marisa directed all engagement efforts for the President’s Ladders of Opportunity and Promise Zones initiatives.
In 2010, Marisa joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an appointee in the Obama Administration. At the SBA, Marisa focused on entrepreneurship and access to capital in underserved communities. Marisa also coordinated minority business engagement activities across the Obama Administration.
Marisa began her career at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Associate in the Commodities banking group. In 2007, Marisa founded The Pink Agenda, a breast cancer non-profit, in honor of her mother Lisa. Almost a decade later, The Pink Agenda is now a national organization of young professionals committed to raising money for breast cancer research and direct care service programs in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Marisa has been a featured speaker at several forums including SXSW. Marisa has also written op-eds on race, opportunity, and economic mobility for CNN, Philanthropy News Digest, News One, and other outlets.
Marisa Renee Lee is a graduate of Harvard College and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband Matt and their dog Sadie.