Marissa Ramirez is the Senior Community Climate Strategy Manager for the People and Communities Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She believes that meaningful change happens locally. Since coming to NRDC in 2010, Marissa has worked with neighbors and local leaders primarily in underserved communities of color on revitalizing communities by providing best practices and tools for a more equitable and sustainable future. She is a co-author of "4-Steps to a Climate Savvy Community," which is designed for communities to find solutions to climate, health, and racial equity issues where they live. She is also author and co-author of “Green Neighborhoods: Advancing Strategies that Create Strong, Just, and Resilient Communities” and “The Sustainable Square Mile Handbook: Cultivate Your Green Village with Community-Based Principles and Practices.” She has led new research to uncover the links between climate change, displacement and gentrification in U.S cities.
Marissa has a master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on urban environmental economics. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Yale University. Marissa continues to bring both her passion for human and environmental health to her professional work in communities.