Marissa Wesely

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“The Global Fund for Women gets it all right. Through their powerful network of smart, committed and driven women, they channel funding to women on the ground who really understand the critical needs of local women and how best to use the money to meet those needs — whether for fresh water, improved educational opportunities, economic independence or freedom from violence.”

When the Global Fund for Women celebrated 20 years of grantmaking last summer with a gala, we not only raised $2 million for women’s rights but  also connected with many new and incredible supporters. One of the people who helped us to make the gala an extraordinary success was Marissa Wesely, who rallied support from one of New York’s top law firms.

“I have a longstanding interest in development and women’s rights,” says Marissa. Her Brazilian mother and aunt were women’s rights activists, and her father was a former chairman of care who took her to Africa when she was 16. Through her active involvement in a number of organizations focused on women’s rights, as well as her roles as a partner of the law firm Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP, Marissa advocates for women to have an equal opportunity to achieve their potential. “The development of women leaders in all walks of life is key to achieving a more just and equal society,” she says.

Marissa first learned about the Global Fund when she attended a retirement benefit for Global Fund board member Dina Dublon. “The Global Fund for Women gets it all right. Through their powerful network of smart, committed and driven women, they channel funding to women on the ground who really understand the critical needs of local women and how best to use the money to meet those needs — whether for fresh water, improved educational opportunities, economic independence or freedom from violence. There is limited funding for women and grassroots organizations, but the Global Fund gives to both, reaching women that others don’t and using their powerful network to maximize the impact of the funds raised.”

 
 

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