From AmeriCorps team leader to a relentless community volunteer to an alumni advocate, there’s very few things that aren’t on Marissa McInnis’ list of accomplishments. McInnis double-majored in piano and environmental studies.

She developed a recycling program on campus when she was a student, a harbinger of great things to come. McInnis’ senior thesis — an analysis of the relationship between the music of Bela Bartok and the Fibonacci Sequence — proved her dedication to innovative thinking.

That innovation was lived out as she completed a master’s at Johns Hopkins, found work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and became the presidentially appointed climate change and sustainability manager for the U.S. Navy.

Today she is the program director of water resources and climate resilience at the U.S. Department of Defense. She is a 2016 recipient of the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni.

Interesting fact: McInnis, like Dr. Naomi Lynn, was inspired to change her education’s by a course she took. In her case it was a public policy course taught by Dr. Mark O’Gorman.

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