Marissa Davis is Founder & Principal of Tallawah Consulting, a social impact consultancy that helps mission-driven brands maximize their impact by using equity, innovation, and inclusion to drive their core strategy forward.

Marissa has spent over 10 years spearheading and advancing initiatives to improve organizations’ commitments to social impact and inclusion, with a focus on underrepresented communities. She has done so with organizations including WeWork, RISE San Diego, UNHCR, & the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She also founded non-profit, NOLArize!, to aid in community rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She currently serves as an Advisor for Root Financial, WorkSchool, co-chairs the B Local NYC Board, and teaches social innovation at City College’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

She is the recipient of various awards, including Harvard’s Public Service Fellowship and the Cultural Bridge Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program. She holds a BA with honors from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Public Policy.

The Belonging Project

We launched the Belonging Project, conducting over 100 interviews globally with a diverse range of people. Our research reaffirmed our core belief: organizations that create a strong sense of Belonging are more successful – in business, employee satisfaction and longevity. Belonging is the proven cornerstone of success.


When we founded Hedley May, we made a commitment to make a positive impact on our broader communities. We focus on providing opportunity to the underserved through mentorship, internships, workshops and other career development initiatives. We are also dedicated advocates and supporters of numerous social mobility programs.