Marissa L. Willingham has been involved with the Image Initiative, Inc. since 2007. Currently, Marissa works with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Syracuse University, as the Program Associate for Budgets and Operations. Marissa has been with the University for over fifteen years and has developed phenomenal relationships with faculty, staff and students from various departments.
Marissa plays an active role in student leadership, professional and personal development on and off-campus. For many youth and young adults, she serves as a role model, advocate and confidant. Her approach is student-centered; willingly assisting students in any way possible.
A native of Syracuse, New York with close connections in the Syracuse community, Marissa has served on many committees and worked on countless projects and initiatives whose emphasis focused on celebrating culture, constructing inclusive spaces, building and maintaining relationships, community engagement and social justice awareness.
Marissa is a mother of three and very passionate about enriching the lives of her children and the countless lives she touches through her work. She is the essence of what it means to give back and put others before herself.