Maressa Brennan is an associate director of innovative finance at the Milken Institute. In her role, Brennan works on applied research projects that address an environmental or social issue that is experiencing a funding gap or market failure. Leveraging the intellectual network of the broader Institute, her team designs recommendations through published reports to drive capital to the issue area. Before joining the Milken Institute, Brennan was an investor relations associate at Mark Asset Management, a boutique hedge fund in New York, and spent three years at Russell Investments on the hedge fund research team as an associate research analyst. While at Russell, Brennan maintained relationships with funded managers, as well as conducted ongoing manager research across hedge fund strategies. Brennan graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in international affairs.