Marissa Wesely

Marissa Wesely is the Chair of Women Win’s Global Advisory Council, supporting the organization’s strategies across geographies.  A passionate advocate for women and girls in diverse settings, Marissa has worked on building bridges across sectors to advance the rights of women and girls for many years.  Her fulltime work on these issues begin in 2014 as a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. In 2016, she co-founded Win-Win Strategies, which she led as Chief Executive Officer until its merger with Women Win at the beginning of 2019. 

Marissa is on the board of MATCH International Women’s Fund and was previously on the board of the Global Fund for Women. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks and writes regularly on issues of women’s empowerment and rights.

Prior to 2014, Marissa was a corporate partner in the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance, as well as for her work on advancing women’s leadership in the legal profession. Marissa received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  An avid traveler, cook, gardener and equestrian, Marissa lives in New York City with her husband, and has one daughter who is the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.