Marissa Lerer is a technologist, musician, cake decorator and mom. She grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and then moved to New York City where she received a BS in Music Education and an MA in Graphic Communications, Management and Technology. During her time at NYU she began writing music and has since released three albums.
She started her career in technology as a graphic designer for MTV before transitioning into management. Eventually she began coding as a senior developer at The Chopping Block and then at BBDO. She is currently managing a team of developers, as Vice President of Technology at COMPOSE[D], a digital creative and development agency in New York.
Marissa prides herself on being a “cool nerd” who likes to get her hands in everything. When she decided she wanted to learn to decorate cakes, instead of taking classes she let the internet be her guide. She made one cake a week for an entire year chronicling the experience on 52cakes.com. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who has released three albums and shared the stage with talented musicians such as Matt Nathanson, Lisa Loeb and Gavin DeGraw. She has also participated in the 2012 StartupBus and was on the winning team of the 2012 International Space Apps Challenge. She is passionate about mentorship, especially for women in tech. In addition to teaching programing at the School of Visual Arts she is also a regular panelist at Pace Path Live and recently mentored Girl Scouts at a SXSW event sponsored by Twitter and Dove.
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Studied the art of managing creatives. Also studied Graphic Design, Computer Programing and Economics
Music Education with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Other studies include Graphic Design, Writing, Conducting and Songwriting
Worked with design team to dream up and then execute marketing campaigns for large-scale luxury and lifestyle clients. Managed a team of developers, both back-end and front-end to produce highly functional and usable web products.
Developed online ad campaigns for large corporations. Worked on Flash Banners, HTML Banners, Facebook Apps and brochure websites as a companion for advertising campaigns.
Worked in Flash on large websites for various clients ranging from musicians to tv personalities to museums. Helped imagine and then implement web development projects.
Teaching Wordpress, Flash and other programing languages to Continuing Education Students.
Teaching Flash and Graphic Design to Continuing Education Students