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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Marianna Ofosu, 2009

JD, Yale University

Marianna Ofosu is an immigrant from Poland

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

MARIANNA OFOSU is an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York where she specializes in mergers & acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance. Prior to joining Wachtell Lipton, she was a law clerk to Barrington D. Parker on the Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit.

Marianna was born in Poland to a Polish mother and Ghanaian father. She came to America at 11 and became a naturalized citizen when she was 18.

Marianna received her BA in Classics from Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude with election as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa. As a Rhodes Scholar, she earned an MPhil in development studies at Oxford University, where she wrote her dissertation on the connections between ethnicity and economic largesse in the electoral process during the 2004 elections in Ghana.

Marianna attended Yale Law School, where she was the Co-President of the Yale Law & Business Society and senior editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Prior to law school, Marianna worked with government leaders in West Africa on private sector development and economic policy issues: as a managing director of GoodWorks International Ghana and as chief of staff and policy analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation, a nonprofit economic policy research and advisory organization. In that role, she drafted Liberia's aid strategy, proposed Ghana's aid policy and co-authored a major study on Chinese investment into and trade with African countries.

Marianna serves on an expansion advisory board of the Rhodes Trust, the Yale Law and Business Society Alumni Board and on the board of Comp-Sci High, a new tech-focused charter school being built by Soros Fellow David Noah. Marianna has served as the chairperson of the PDSAA and a trustee of the Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation.


Education
  • JD Law | Yale University 2012
  • MPhil Development Studies | Oxford University 2005
  • BA Classics | Howard University 2003
Awards
  • Rhodes Scholar