Marlene Chavez-Martinez

Developmental Coordinator

Marlene moved to the Inland Empire in 2004 and it is now the place her and her family call home. Her experience growing up in a mixed-status household and her passion to advance inclusivity in the region fuels her commitment to immigrant justice advocacy. Being the first in her family to pursue higher education, Marlene graduated from University of California, Riverside, with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and her Master’s in Public Policy. Marlene started off as a fellow in 2020 through UCR’s Center for Social Innovation program and developed into her role as staff. She looks forward to continuing resourcing and transforming the IE by centering the community through their own stories. She enjoys being part of a grassroots organization that values intersectionality, healing, and collective liberation. Marlene will continue to cultivate space where everyone in her community can flourish.