Marissa's career has long been linked to her high respect for craft. Initially hired by craftsman Dakota Jackson as Director of his high-end custom furniture studio, she eventually attracted the attention of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. As Design Director at Martha Stewart she evolved to designing and managing large scale production of furniture while navigating high-profile licensed partnerships. In 2018 the CEO of Stickley, impressed with Marissa’s deep knowledge of materials, process, and trends invited her to become their Director of Design. This fortuitous relationship has yielded the award-winning solid wood collections such as Park Slope and Walnut Grove. In 2020 she was voted a Visionary designer by House Beautiful.