Marissa Halee Burckhardt was born and raised in the Bay Area and found an early love for video games. After graduating High School, she developed a strong interest in 3D Animation at Community College. During her time at San Jose State, she grew as a 3D animator and worked on pushing her boundaries. She hopes to break into the video game industry after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, coffee and wine tasting, and classic cars- specifically her 1966 Mustang. She continues to work closely with Ford and the Friends of Ford program and attended the 2024 Mustang reveal in Detroit.