Marlene joined PCYP in the fall of 2017 as a Legal Advocate. Previously, she worked as an educational advocate for youth experiencing homelessness throughout New York State. She received her B.A. from UCLA in International Studies and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Education focusing on the disproportionate impact of school discipline policies, suspension practices, and policing of students of color. Marlene is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and the Philippines and was raised in the border city of San Diego, California. She is a native Spanish speaker and is currently working on improving her Portuguese language skills.