Marissa grew up rescuing animals with her mom and went vegetarian at a young age after her parents were honest with her about where burgers come from. (Her parents are now both vegan.) In college, she started an animal rights student organization and became a peta2 campus rep. She now manages the SOS Advanced Intern program, runs the SOS Instagram account, and is a PETA spokesperson. She can often be found snuggling her five animal companions, reading, or doing or teaching yoga.