Marlene Chavez-Martinez is a proud Inland Empire native committed to promoting the health, education, and environmental and economic safety of immigrant families living throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The experience of living in a mixed-status household sparked her dedication to advocating for immigrant justice. Being the first in her family to pursue higher education, Marlene graduated from University of California, Riverside, with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and is finishing up her Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Immigration and Race.
Marlene is happy to be part of a grassroots organization that values intersectionality, focuses on intergenerational healing, and actively works to undo the cultural stigma around topics of mental health. She appreciates IEIYC’s values of using collective empowerment to achieve their goals while remaining kind to their minds and bodies.