Hi! I'm Marissa.

I'm a writer, digital strategist, creative leader, and brand thinker with a decade of experience managing people, projects, and campaigns across sectors.

Find me on Twitter or Instagram — or riding one of my bikes, teaching indoor cycling classes, or mixing up a mean Moscow Mule. If it's July, I might be at RAGBRAI.

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I cut the clutter.

When it comes to digital marketing, I don't think you need to spend a lot of time and money to put your best foot forward. Less is more. Common sense, data, narratives, and authenticity rule.


From developing branding and content strategies for government agencies, to overseeing multi-million dollar web migration projects, to managing multidisciplinary creative teams, I navigate bureaucracy like a boss to get things done. 

i love a good story.

I'm passionate about telling clear, compelling, data-driven stories — and creating dynamite platforms and content that get regular people excited about products, issues, and organizations that affect and intersect with their lives.

Contact Me

Need help with copywriting/editing, ghostwriting, fixing a sticky problem, developing a vision or strategic plan, or positioning your brand to do something amazing? I can definitely help you with that. 

Use my contact form, or email me directly at marissa.newhall@gmail.com

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Career Highlights

August 2013 Joined the digital team at the U.S. Department of Energy, where I managed daily operations for Energy.gov, the agency's primary public-facing website; oversaw a multidisciplinary digital marketing team; and advised the U.S. Secretary of Energy on strategic digital content and branding initiatives. In 2016, I helped launch a podcast.

May 2013 Received Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Master’s thesis used publicly available data to define the relationship between federal transportation infrastructure spending and bicycle commuting rates in major American cities. (Spoiler alert: More $ = more bike commuters.)

2010-2013 Developed and implemented both targeted and kitchen-sink digital marketing strategies for two nonprofits — SmartPower and Clean Energy States Alliance — and led national marketing campaigns to encourage consumers to buy clean energy and develop more energy efficient behavior at home.

2007-2010 Began career as a reporter at the Washington Post. Launched the Reliable Source blog and wrote on-deadline stories for the Style, Local, and national news sections. Once talked to David Attenborough on the phone.

2005-2007 Freelanced for local media outlets in Washington, DC, while interning at USA Today, the Society of Professional Journalists, and on Capitol Hill. Managed a staff of 30 as editor in chief of the American University student newspaper.

2001 Made $7 an hour mopping floors and working the cash register at the neighborhood toy store. The receipts came out of a dot matrix printer. It took forever.