Hi AI Community,
We have big news to share.
Since co-founding the Advocacy Institute in 2011, we’ve expanded to provide training, tools, and strategic support to hundreds of advocates from grassroots, direct service and philanthropic organizations across the state. After seven incredible years, we’re stepping down from our role as co-directors at the end of 2018. We are thrilled to announce that Marissa Martin will be the new Executive Director of the Advocacy Institute.
Join us in welcoming Marissa as the Executive Director of AI and consider making a contribution today to support this transition.
Last week’s election showed that New Yorkers want change in Albany. In this new political landscape, AI is uniquely poised to support social justice organizations to win campaigns at the local and state level. We’re excited for a seamless transition to a powerful chapter for the Advocacy Institute with Marissa at the helm.
Marissa’s been an integral part of the AI team for years – first teaching and developing curriculum with us in the early days and then serving as the inaugural Chair of our Advisory Board.
Beyond her history with AI, Marissa brings a wealth of experience in organizing, advocacy, and policy reform, gained through years of cutting-edge work in nonprofits and government. Most recently, she served as the Northeast Director at Young Invincibles where she led advocacy efforts to expand access to higher education, good jobs, and healthcare for young adults. Prior to Young Invincibles, she served as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Public Engagement Unit, which connects New Yorkers to key services, such as tenant support and healthcare. Much of Marissa’s experience comes from her work as the Director of Policy and Government Relations at ExpandED Schools and as the Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. At CACF, she led state and local budget campaigns to improve equity for Asian Pacific American community.
We will remain part of the team – focusing on building our tools (James) and developing our curriculum and helping lead training (Maggie). We’re grateful for everything we’ve learned working with the broader AI community, and are looking forward to continued collaboration in our new roles.
Together, we can continue building a progressive legislative landscape with more political influence, resources, dignity and concrete legislative wins across the state.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.
Maggie & James
And the AI Advisory Board–
Sunshine Royanian Ludder
About Marissa Martin
Marissa Martin is the Executive Director of the Advocacy Institute. Prior to joining the Advocacy Institute, she served as the Northeast Director of Young Invincibles, leading policy and advocacy efforts around higher education, workforce development and healthcare for young adults.
Marissa has always had a passion for social justice and making the larger systemic change needed to increase access and equity. She has held several leadership positions overseeing Policy, Operations, and Data teams. These positions include serving as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Public Engagement Unit; the Director of Policy and Government Relations at ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC), as well as the Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families where she led CACF’s New York State and City budget advocacy campaigns.
Marissa is a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, with concentrations in Community Organizing, Planning and Development.
Marissa is a founding member of 100 New Yorkers Who Care and lives in Hell’s Kitchen, NY with her partner.