As Communications Manager, Marissa Gaston oversees communication between GIP, the press and the public. She cultivates and manages media relationships to shape news coverage of our cases while working with the Executive Director and staff attorneys to tell client stories and develop public education and advocacy materials.
Prior to joining GIP, Marissa worked as a digital media strategist primarily focused on immigrant justice at the Southern Poverty Law Center and a social media producer for It’s A Southern Thing. She graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2018, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism and minors in Writing and African-American Studies. During college she was the managing editor for a student-run newspaper that circulated a campus of more than 20,000, as well as an intern at USA TODAY Network. In 2017 she was awarded the Herman Eskew Award by Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media & Entertainment and the Susan Long Weaver Scholarship by the Nashville Association of Black Journalists, both for exhibiting promise as an editor, and named a Chips Quinn Diversity Scholar by the Newseum Institute. In 2018 she placed first in copy editing at the Southeastern Journalism Conference. When she’s not working to free the wrongfully convicted, Marissa enjoys baking, obscure pop culture references, watching The Office on a loop and making regular road trips back home to Tennessee.