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Marissa Newhall - Director of Digital Strategy and Communications

Marissa Newhall

Marissa Newhall is Director of Digital Strategy and Communications at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, she manages's digital content team and oversees the agency's digital reform project, an effort to cut wasteful spending by consolidating the agency's disparate websites onto a centralized, open-source platform. To accomplish this task, Marissa leads a team of developers, user experience designers, and cybersecurity officers, coordinating agile development cycles and developing iterative design strategies for

Marissa also serves as a senior advisor to Secretary Moniz on strategic digital communications and initiatives. Under her watch, the Energy Department's social media following has nearly doubled, and the agency became the first to successfully sponsor a cloud-hosting provider for FedRAMP certification.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Marissa directed digital strategy and media relations at two energy-related nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., and received a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University. She started her career as a reporter and blogger at the Washington Post, where she spent three years writing feature stories for the Style section.

A native of south Florida, Marissa bicycles everywhere, treats tacos like a food group, and travels to warm, sunny places as much as possible.