Marisa Renee Lee
Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. In 2017, Marisa launched a private social impact firm to enable her to work with a variety of institutions on organizational design and development, public-private partnership strategies, change management, and stakeholder engagement. She most recently served as 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.
Through her work with MBK Alliance, Marisa continues to lead a collaborative, cross-sectoral movement that unite business, philanthropy, nonprofit, and community leaders, to increase pathways of opportunity for BYMOC. In 2016, she was recognized in the Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40 as a “Rabble Rouser for Obama” for her work. She has been a featured speaker at several forums including SXSW and has written op-eds on race, opportunity, and economic mobility for CNN, Philanthropy News Digest, News One, and more.
Previously, Marisa served in the White House Domestic Policy Council as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility where she directed all engagement efforts for the President’s Ladders of Opportunity and Promise Zones initiatives. She 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, and as an appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration. At SBA, Marisa combined her passion for service with her finance and small business background to coordinate minority business engagement activities, including the Urban Economic Forums co-hosted by the White House and SBA, and formulate and implement policies to promote entrepreneurship in underserved communities.
Marisa began her career at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Associated in the Commodities banking group. In 2007, while working at Brown Brothers, 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 is a graduate of Harvard and an avid Green Bay Packers fan.