Marissa Wesely

Co-Founder, Win-Win Strategies; Advisor, Women Win
  • Marissa Wesely
  • Director
  • Pronoun(s): she/her
  • Words to Inspire: "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." - Angela Davis
  • New York, United States

Marissa Wesely is the Co-founder of Win-Win Strategies (WWS), which works across sectors to catalyze a transformative approach to sustained women’s economic empowerment. She is a senior advisor to Women Win, the leading global women’s fund focused on empowering adolescent girls and young women through sport, into which WWS merged in 2019.  Prior to the merger, Marissa was the Chief Executive Officer of WWS.  

Marissa was a 2014 Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Marissa also serves on the board of directors of Root Capital and was formally on the board of the Global Fund for Women.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks and writes regularly on issues of women’s empowerment and rights.

Prior to 2014, Marissa was a partner in the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance. A longstanding advocate for women and girls, Marissa has received many awards recognizing this work, including the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award. Marissa lives in New York City with her husband, and has one daughter who is the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.

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