Marlene leads the research with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, which aims to understand the state of Latino entrepreneurship by analyzing data and shaping research in this field. Marlene and the research team collect the largest national survey of U.S. Latino business owners and share the results in the State of Latino Entrepreneurship research reports and annual forum at Stanford GSB. Marlene also engages academic scholars by organizing annual convenings to mobilize a larger network of interdisciplinary scholarship and increase the visibility of SLEI research and regional impact. Prior to conducting SLEI research, Marlene was the lead 4th grade teacher at a charter school. She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology at Stanford.