Marissa Rainbolt, MPH, is a health scientist with experience in public health risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, worker safety, and climate change resilience. Prior to 9F, she was a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There, she co-developed Harvard’s Health Co-Benefits of the Built Environment Tool, which quantifies the health and climate impacts of building-related energy decisions. Because of this cutting-edge research, she was invited to contribute to Harvard Business School’s course on climate adaptation.
Marissa currently serves on the Secretariat for The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s ‘Safe Work, Safe School, and Safe Travel’ Task Force, and is lead author of the Task Force’s final report on necessary global actions for future pandemic resilience. Throughout the pandemic, she has advised leading organizations on risk mitigation and led the development and execution of risk mitigation strategies, public health education and training programs, building operations guidelines, and outbreak response.
As a public health regulatory authority and worker safety specialist in Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Marissa received a recognition award for digital innovation. In this role, Marissa gained interdisciplinary experience across multiple EH&S programs, including food safety, water quality, physical safety, planning and administration, indoor air quality, fire/life safety, and radiation safety. Marissa has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University with an emphasis on forestry and sustainability.