Marisa Viana is currently the Executive Coordinator of RESURJ. Marisa is from the Brazilian Amazon and has been a human rights and social justice advocate since the age of 18. Her commitment and dedication to the empowerment of young women, justice, and human rights is deeply rooted in her experiences growing up in the Brazilian Amazon where discrimination and violence against girls and women continues to be the norm. Marisa managed, monitored and evaluated RESURJ’s programmatic work as a Secretariat Member since 2013. She was formerly the Manager for the Young Feminist Activism Program at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Marisa has worked at the Foundation for Tropical Medicine in Brazil implementing a youth-friendly health service for adolescents and young people living with HIV/AIDS in the Brazilian Amazon. Previous to her work in the Amazon, Marisa was the Program Associate at the International Women’s Health Coalition where she helped train and mobilize young people from around the world to advocate effectively for sexual and reproductive rights and health in national, regional, and international fora. After overcoming many barriers including not attending school until the age of 11, Marisa was the first in her family to attend university. She has a B.A. in International Affairs and Environmental Social Justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.
Organization website: http://resurj.org