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Mariel Mussack L’20

Mariel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Comparative Literature and Global Studies and graduated with Highest Honors. At UNC, Mariel also completed an honors thesis discussing literary perspectives of ethnic identity in contemporary Guatemalan literature. As an undergraduate, Mariel spent her time advocating for immigrant workers in various capacities. As one of the first members of LINC (Linking Immigrants to New Communities), she provided ESL classes and Know Your Rights trainings to immigrants working at the University. As co-chair of Student Action with Workers, she organized and implemented campaigns meant to address grievances voiced by low-wage workers at UNC.


After college, Mariel knew she wanted to continue working directly with vulnerable communities. She moved to Philadelphia to work as a paralegal at Community Legal Services, where she assisted low-income tenants facing eviction and termination of subsidized housing benefits. At CLS, she witnessed firsthand the overwhelming need for legal representation in every forum and every area of the law, especially for those who cannot afford it. Mariel hopes to spend her career addressing this issue and helping poor Philadelphians access the justice system in a meaningful way.