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M5hsMarissa Duswalt Epstein has worked to promote a healthier, nutritious lifestyle for Americans since she graduated from The University of Texas as a registered dietitian nutritionist. While at Texas, Marissa received recognition as an Honored Graduate from the Plan II Honors Program, a Dean’s Honored Graduate in Nutrition, and Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Truman Scholarship for her academic achievements and commitment to improving childhood nutrition. She completed her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2015.

Marissa served in The White House as Associate Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to inspire a healthier generation of American families. She was responsible for overseeing nutrition initiatives, including nutrition policy, partnerships with the private sector, and special events and communications. She led efforts to implement major legislation in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the first nutritional update to school food services in three decades. Working with stakeholders across all sectors, she launched innovations in nutrition such as MyPlate recipes and education, The White House Kids’ State Dinner, the DrinkUp water campaign, and The White House Kitchen Garden guide.

Marissa went on to work at Stanford University in a dual appointment to lead the Health Engagement department for Stanford Health Care, where she led a team to build and launch innovative products and services in health education to improve the patient experience in health care. She also taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she developed a course on food, health, and nutrition for aspiring social entrepreneurs.

Today, Marissa is the Director of the University of Texas Nutrition Institute and teaches courses in food, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. Her curriculum aims to unlock the potential of students across disciplines to benefit society through entrepreneurial innovation in health, nutrition, and food.