Morissa grew up in Oakland, CA, where she attended her first protest as a third grader toting handmade anti-war signs. She began organizing for divestment as a student at Pitzer College, where she helped lead a successful divestment campaign. From there she joined the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network and worked as a regional fundraising coordinator and then Development Director, and coordinated the People’s Climate March Youth Convening this past April. She is now organizing with Sunrise Movement, building a movement of young people to make climate change an urgent political priority, create millions of good jobs, and elect climate leaders who will stand up for the health and well-being of all people. She just launched a local Sunrise hub in the Bay Area.
She has also focused on faith-based activism, studying the role of religious leaders in the climate movement and organizing with IfNotNow, a group of young Jews working to end the American Jewish community’s support of the occupation and fighting for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. She spends her free time cooking, reading, taking photos, and exploring in nature.