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Leland Fellow

Marisa Nowicki

10th Class, 2019-2021

Marisa Nowicki recently graduated with High Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a Master’s in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM). As part of the MSPPM Global Track, Marisa spent the first year of her master’s program in Adelaide, Australia, where she was President of the Student Representative Committee. During her master’s program, Marisa worked on six client projects with local governments, non-government organizations, and nonprofits. This work included her capstone, completed in collaboration with 412 Food Rescue, which resulted in a comprehensive, replicable model to reduce food waste and improve food security throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and beyond. Prior to attending graduate school, Marisa Nowicki earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas (UNT). Throughout her collegiate career, Marisa has received numerous accolades, including a full scholarship from the Terry Foundation to attend UNT, a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship with Princeton University, the UNT Presidential Excellence Award, and a full scholarship to attend CMU’s Heinz College. Moreover, she has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and the U.S. Department of State. Now graduated, Marisa aspires to a long career in public service. Her professional interests in food security, gender equality, diplomacy, and environmental protection.

Host Organization: Bioversity International

First Year Placement
Nairobi, Kenya

Second Year Placement
Nairobi, Kenya