Marisa Ruiz Asari

Data Visualization Design Lead

Marisa is a data visualization designer and developer from Oakland, California. She supports research institutes, community-based organizations, start-ups, and city governments around the world working on issues of health equity and social justice. Her portfolio includes working for consulting company Data Culture, civic and social organization Forbes Ignite, and charity for community-based intervention Advance Peace.

In 2020 she worked as a graduate teaching assistant at The New School in New York. From 2015 to 2019, she was a researcher and policy analyst at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development of the University of California, Berkeley, where she managed equity-focused planning and public health-related projects in Nairobi (Kenya), Medellin (Colombia) and California.

Marisa holds an MS in Data Visualization from Parsons School of Design (2020) and a BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marisa is of Japanese and Colombian descent. Her work combines data science with graphic design, illustration, and other visual media to tell stories that move from understanding to action on policies and practices, so as to reduce global inequality.