Marissa lives and works in Belfast as a project organiser on a joint project, between Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) and the Simon Community NI focussing on homelessness. She has been an activist with PPR since 2008, working on the ‘Equality Can’t Wait’ campaign which aims to tackle religious inequality in housing in the north of Ireland. Her involvement arose through the personal experience of herself and young daughter facing the prospect of eviction. Thereafter, Marissa remained involved in the campaign, lobbying at both EU and UN level regarding catholic inequality in housing, particularly within North Belfast. More recently, Marissa has completed a fellowship with the Social Change Initiative which provided an insight into housing inequalities in both South Africa and USA. She is an active member within her own community and is currently acting chair of the board of governors at Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, company secretary of Grow NI, and director on the board of the Star Neighbourhood Centre. With a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (2009), a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (2013) she has an ongoing interest in special needs and Irish-medium education. Marissa is a firm believer that change for the people can only come from the people using the power of their voice and is convinced of the power of grass roots activism through her work.