Our Founders

Marirose Piciucco, Founder, CEO
Marirose practiced law in San Francisco for twenty years, the last twelve years in asylum law and deportation defence. She represented women from all around the world fleeing persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, gender, and sexual orientation. She started a successful business after leaving law, and is now overjoyed to be devoting herself to The Ring Project, a cause that is close her heart in many ways. She believes there is a way to incorporate healing and empowering ourselves and supporting others - especially those whose voices are not heard. 

Marirose holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Syracuse University and earned her JD from the University of California, Hastings. 

Get in touch with Marirose at marirose@theringproject.org. 

Get involved

We're always looking for volunteers. Want to help out at one of our events? Get at us. Know someone with a ring? Hook us up. Are you a jeweler who would like to collaborate? Give us a shout - we're definitely interested. Have an idea or a suggestion? Fill out our contact form and we'll be happy to read and respond as soon as we can.


We don't think we have the answers to anyone's problems but our own. But we do think everyone has a role in respectfully caring for the well-being of each other. TRP strongly believes in the power of women to change the world for the better, and we're committed to putting our money where are mouth is - from California to the Congo.

Amanda Schwartz, Co-Founder COO 
Amanda brings years of nonprofit experience at the programmatic level to The Ring Project. She has designed and implemented research in West, Central and Southern Africa, and has a dedicated interest in how  US corporations and foreign policies have affected lives in other parts of the world. Amanda's Masters thesis focused on how international humanitarian aid has destabalized Internally Displaced Persons camps in the DRC. She's ecstatic to be a part of The Ring Project - an organization that aligns with her passions and her beliefs. She spearheads partnerships with Congolese institutions for TRP.

Amanda holds a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned her MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics. 

Get in touch with Amanda at amanda@theringproject.org.

Don't have a ring?

You don't need a diamond to support TRP. If you believe in our vision and think what we're doing is something you'd like to support, we accept tax-deductible donations to help with administrative costs and overhead. We're committed to keeping transparent financial records so you know where your money goes.

Our Staff

Emerance Misinde, Program Officer
Emme joined The Ring Project team as a Program Officer in 2017. She is based in Bukavu, DRC and helps to recruit, engage, and monitor all aspects of TRP's scholarship recipients in North and South Kivu. Emme is also responsible for creating and managing photo and video content from the perspective of our medical and law students, graduates, and mentors. She served as a Girl Ambassador for Peace in Bukavu for SAFECO in 2017, and she speaks three languages. Emme is committed to women's rights and social justice, and she is delighted to join The Ring Project's team.

Emme earned her Diploma in Information Communication Technology from the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center.

Get in touch with Emme at emme@theringproject.org.