Marissa Mahoney is a Senior Program Associate at Ascend at the Aspen Institute, where her work focuses on policy and programs that advance family economic security. She helps manage the Ascend Fellowship and works with leaders across sectors, including postsecondary education, workforce development, and affordable housing. She has also worked as a consultant for entrepreneurs, churches, and non-profits, providing analysis and strategic planning services. The Richmond, Virginia native is an ordained Baptist minister, and a graduate of Howard University, with a BBA in Finance. Marissa attained joint graduate degrees in business (MBA) and theology (MDiv) from Emory University. She began her career in investment banking and private equity real estate, and has been a consultant to social entrepreneurs and non-profits, providing investment analysis and strategic planning.