Marissa Duswalt Epstein

Marissa Duswalt
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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MarissaDuswalt Epstein
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Organizational Behavior

Teaching Statement

Marissa Duswalt Epstein teaches Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a course focusing on the nutrition-related market opportunities across the food and health industries for entrepreneurs.


Marissa Duswalt Epstein is a registered dietitian nutritionist and Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, where she teaches a course examining the intersection of policy, consumer attitudes, and nutritional science. Her major areas of interest are health literacy, behavioral science, and population health. Marissa is the Administrative Director for Health Education, Engagement and Promotion at Stanford Health Care. She 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 innovation, 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.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford GSB
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BA in Plan II Honors, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Nutrition with Honors, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Experience

  • Administrative Director of Patient and Family Education, Stanford Health Care
  • Project Management Consultant, Nielsen
  • Associate Director, Let's Move!, The White House
  • Truman Albright Fellow, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Dietitian, Coordinated Program In Dietetics, University of Texas at Austin

Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Leader Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dean's Distinguished Graduate in Nutrition Honors, University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences
  • Truman Scholar, Harry S. Truman Foundation

In the Media

Stanford University, November 25, 2015
Stanford GSB, April 15, 2014

School News

October 6, 2015
New faculty and lecturers offer unique perspectives and experience to augment program offerings.