Marisa Marquez was born to El Paso natives Dr. Ricardo Marquez and Gloria Flores in Houston, Texas. Shortly after, her family relocated to El Paso, where she attended El Paso schools and graduated from Faith Christian Academy as Valedictorian in 1996. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Economics in 2000 from University of Notre Dame.
In the summer of 2000, Marisa returned to El Paso as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer for the non-profit agency, ACCION-Texas. At ACCION-Texas Marisa assisted local underserved business owners in accessing capital. After successfully completing her year of service she became the Grants Administrator for the El Paso Empowerment Zone Corporation in 2001. In 2002, she returned to the University of Notre Dame to pursue her Masters degree in Theology in 2004.
Since then, Marisa has continued to serve the El Paso community, working with the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, the International Hispanic Cultural Institute and Tepeyac Institute. Currently, she is employed by Texas Community Care as their Community Relations Manager and teaches seasonal theology courses at the Tepeyac Institute under the Diocese of El Paso.
Representative Marquez was elected on November 4, 2008 and is serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. She represents District 77, containing downtown El Paso, UTEP , and neighborhoods near Fort Bliss. Representative Marquez was elected by the Legislative Study Group (LSG) House Caucus as the Ex-Oficio board member to represent the freshman class on the LSG board, the only freshman position on the LSG executive committee. She is also a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. She sits on three committees: Corrections, County Affairs, and Rules & Resolutions.