Marissa is a storyteller and connector. She understands the power of building relationships through the art of concise writing and meaningful communication. Marissa knows the best strategies and tactics are backed by research. Staying up-to-date on the news and knowing what’s going on is important to her. Through completing six internships and countless relevant public relations experiences, Marissa is well-versed.
Marissa loves all communications, but her true passion is public relations. Marissa knew she succeeded most in her communications classes, so after completing one year of the two-year Communications Academy at her high school, she took a chance and applied for an internship at the media company who owned one of her favorite radio stations. Marissa’s first internship experience was at iHeart Media with the Director of News and Community Affairs. She was only 17, making her the youngest intern among her college-aged peers. Without having much knowledge of the industry, Marissa dove deep into communications, doing any task asked by her coworkers. It was here, Marissa wrote her first press release, understood radio media, conducted community outreach and learned about public relations specifically. After interning for three months during the summer of 2013, Marissa returned during her senior year of high school, which counted for her Career Study program. While interning for more than a year, Marissa worked three major concert events, made working relationships she still has today and found her career pursuit.
Marissa is a Communications Specialist at Janssen Biotech, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. Marissa supports the coordination, implementation and creation of internal and product-focused communications in support of the Communications & Public Affairs team.
Previously she was an Account Executive at Braithwaite Communications where she worked for three years. She is a graduate of Temple University and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Strategic Communications with a concentration in public relations from the Klein College of Media and Communication. She also holds an Event Planning Certificate from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
In addition to iHeart Media, she has completed internships in Corporate Communications at Janssen Biotech., Inc., the pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, the Creative Services department of 6abc WPVI, an Apprentice Storyteller winter internship at Braithwaite Communications and public relations at Vault Communications.
Marissa is very involved in the Philadelphia community — she is active in the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and regularly attends many industry relevant, networking and social events.
Marissa was involved in many leadership positions in multiple organizations at Temple university. She was the Vice President of the Temple University chapter of PRSSA and an Assistant Firm Director of PRowl Public Relations. Marissa was also on the College Relations Committee of PPRA, a position not typically held by current college students.
Marissa was one of a few select students to be a part of PRSSA National’s Bateman competition class. Fall 2017 was the first year Temple University entered into the competition. Students applied to the class based on a competitive GPA, professor recommendations and public relations competence. The competition challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign for an actual client. With Purpose is the 2017-2018 client. More than 75 teams enter the competition each year, giving students real-world experience.