Marissa Jablonski
Executive Director, Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
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Marissa Jablonski is executive director of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an accomplished water engineer, environmental advisor, and plastics-reduction expert who has worked in more than 45 countries. Marissa lives her life as part of a global community. She is a founding member and mentor to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and advises on the design and implementation of projects in Guatemala. She also serves as International Coordinator of a Guatemalan-led NGO that builds infrastructure with indigenous communities to meet the needs of five groups involved in each project. After earning a PhD in environmental engineering, she moved to Washington, DC to work in policy as a AAAS Science Technology and Policy Fellow. Dr. Jablonski is an advocate for minorities and women in STEM fields and served as coordinator of NSF’s FORTE program from 2009-2015. During that time, she also designed an internationally recognized project that engaged with informal dye industries in rural India to affordably clean their wastewater.

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