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Marisa O'Gara

Cornell Law School

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Flagship

Rand Skolnick Point Scholar

Marisa O’Gara is a voting rights and election lawyer at Elias Law Group. With support from Point Foundation, she earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Prior to law school, Marisa worked on several legislative and electoral campaigns, including U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s campaign and the campaign that brought marriage equality to Rhode Island. At 23, Marisa was Campaign Manager for Mayor Elorza, a first-time candidate, and led a campaign team to a primary victory against a sitting City Council President and a general election victory against former Mayor and political juggernaut Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. When Mayor Elorza took office, Marisa served as his Deputy Chief of Staff and oversaw a portfolio that included constituent services, intergovernmental affairs, and immigration policy. Appointed LGBTQ Liaison for Providence in 2015, Marisa worked to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for residents, creating a gender-affirming health care policy, designating all gender restrooms in municipal buildings, and supporting a ban on conversion therapy for minors. Marisa holds Bachelor's degrees in English and French from the University of Rhode Island, where she graduated from the Honors Program. She has been recognized as one of Providence Monthly’s 10 to Watch, a recipient of the Extraordinary Woman Award in Politics, and Rhode Island’s Young Democrat of the Year.

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