Marisa Nightingale is a nationally-recognized expert at harnessing the power of popular media to drive social change. She has two decades of experience in forging partnerships with content creators to bring reproductive health and related issues to life for their audiences. Nightingale is a consultant/senior media advisor to Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy (where she was on the founding staff), whose efforts have helped drive historic declines in teen and unplanned pregnancy. She helps build partnerships with entertainment media leaders to integrate the organization’s messages into storytelling that reaches young people where they are.
Nightingale has held a variety of consulting and staff leadership roles with nonprofits focused on early childhood development, hunger relief and teen drug abuse prevention. She is a Collaborator with the Center for Scholars and Storytellers, and is a published author, dynamic speaker and trusted media source —from NPR to the Today Show—on the power of entertainment media to make positive social change. She translates complex public information into media-friendly story material and has pioneered efforts to bring under-represented voices —from young people to Millennial parents —into national conversations about teen and unplanned pregnancy, early childhood development and parent-child communication.
She serves on advisory boards for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, daughter and lively mutt.