Doctoral Resident for National & State Partnerships
Marissa Alberty supports the National and State Partnerships team in building and supporting coalitions in partner communities that advocate for equity at the national, state, and district levels.
Marissa began her career in education as a pre-K teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then in Washington, D.C. as a middle school teacher. She later returned to Oklahoma City to lead professional development and coach new teachers as the director of family & community partnerships at Teach for America. She went on to become chief of staff, steering the region toward a vision and strategy rooted in community partnership, as well as led diversity, equity and inclusion development. Marissa believes that effective leaders in education, as well as the broader society, are at their best when working in partnership with communities most impacted by social challenges, with a critical eye toward justice and equity.
Marissa proudly represents her home state of Oklahoma. She is currently completing her doctorate in Education Leadership (EdLD) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she also received her master’s in education for international education policy. Marissa received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Favorite Sports Team
Oklahoma City Thunder … Thunder Up!!!
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I’m a book nerd. Currently, I’m on year four of reading exclusively fiction books by authors of color.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
The mission of Ed Trust directly aligns with the work that I strive to do in the world. I believe that we are in a time in our country that calls for a re-imagined education system — one that’s built for every child from every background to succeed in reaching their dreams. I see Ed Trust at the forefront of that work, shining a light on the persisting inequities that exist in education and pushing toward a system that exists to benefit every type of learner, especially those from historically marginalized communities.