Marisa O’Gara is pursuing her longtime goal of becoming an attorney. She grew up in rural New Hampshire, the proud daughter of a South American immigrant. After losing her way in high school, her prospects for attending a four-year college were limited. She was fortunate to be admitted off the waitlist at the University of Rhode Island, where she later graduated from the Honors Program with degrees in English and French. She now comes to law school from Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration where she served as 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. Previously, she served in Mayor Angel Taveras’ administration, and on U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s campaign and the campaign to bring 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. She has been recognized as one of Providence Monthly’s 10 to Watch, as a recipient of the Extraordinary Woman Award in Politics, and as Rhode Island’s Young Democrat of the Year.