Marlena joined PPF in 2018 with experience from political, academic, and civic sectors working with issues related to migration and settlement, socio-economic equity and marginalization.
She is an active Board Member of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She serves as a career mentor for newcomers and youth with local immigrant-serving organizations and neighbourhood initiatives.
Marlena holds a Joint Honours in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Political Science from the University of Waterloo. She remains engaged in independent research and writing around immigration and work experiences, and critical analysis of entrepreneurship and policy.