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Merissa Frandsen

Associate, Policy Innovation

mail: merissa.frandsen[at]sorensonimpact.com


Missie is an associate at Sorenson Impact, where she directs special events and conferences, primarily the annual Winter Innovation Summit, and works on the executive education program. She first joined the Center as an Impact Policy and Innovation Fellow, during which time she managed the 2018 Winter Innovation Summit University Social Impact Track and volunteer program, assisted the University of Utah’s President’s office on an income share agreement program and conducted cross-sector research. She is currently undergoing financial analyst training with our Impact Investing Team.

Outside of the Center, Missie is an LGBTQ policy consultant for Amnesty International USA, and Chair of Amnesty’s LGBTQ Coordination Group, which develops strategic action and rapid emergency response on national and international LGBTQ human rights issues.

Prior to joining the Sorenson team, Merissa worked as a legal writer and researcher for a Nevada law firm and served on the board of directors for a local queer women’s outreach organization.

Missie is a senior at the University of Utah pursuing a BS in International Studies, with an emphasis in foreign relations and security studies and a minor in creative writing.