Marissa Duswalt Epstein is the Director of The University of Texas Nutrition Institute, a partnership between the Department of Nutrition, McCombs School of Business, and College of Natural Sciences focused nutrition education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Marissa served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on The White House staff of First Lady Michelle Obama as Associate Director of the Let’s Move! initiative. She is a Truman Scholar, recognized nationally for her policy writing, public service commitment and leadership in health education and childhood obesity. Marissa received her BS in Nutrition with Special Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a BA in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and as a Dean’s Honors Graduate. She earned her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.