Meet the Fellow: Marisa Brand
The Monument Team would not be complete if it was not for our awesome Fellows Program. Former fellows have gone on to work for the Administration, think tanks, Members of Congress, law firms, and more. Our fellows serve an important role as contributors to our work here in the government relations, communications, and public affairs space. As we get into 2018, we wanted to be sure to introduce you to our Spring 2018 Fellows starting with our first ever Communications Fellow!
Name: Marisa Brand
Hometown: Orange, CA
College: Johns Hopkins University
Degree: B.A. in political science with a communications minor
What got you interested in politics?
I grew up in a neighborhood called the Presidential Tract. My street, Quincy, is surrounded by streets like Monroe, Adams, and Hoover. This sparked my love for American history at an early age and my interest in politics only grew from there. In college, I dove into the world of political communications and campaigns. I got involved with College Republicans and Governor Hogan's campaign and often worked to diversify thought on my college campus by introducing Republican ideas into the general discourse. As my friends and family say, I caught the political bug.
What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?
I’m not sure if this is officially classified as a monument but I just love the Capitol Building. My favorite part of my commute is seeing the Capitol from the metro. I’m just filled with awe every time I see it; not only is it a gorgeous building but I also appreciate the significance of it being a symbol of freedom and the constitutional order.
What is your favorite podcast?
My favorite podcast is Women Rule by POLITICO. Every week, the editor interviews one or two women who are killing it in the political world. The show spotlights people on both sides of the aisle and dives into their backgrounds and explores how being a woman in a male-dominated field influenced their experiences. One of my favorite episodes was the spotlight on Elaine Chao – she’s a total rockstar!
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Agent 355. After learning about the Culper Ring, Agent 355 quickly became one of my favorite people in history. She was a spy for Washington during the Revolutionary War and is one of the first known spies in American history. Historians don’t know her true identity so that would be super interesting to discover. Also, it would be fascinating to hear stories firsthand from someone who played such a large role in America’s independence.
What is your favorite quote?
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." - E. Hubbard