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. Marlene holds a PhD in Sociology from Stanford, a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard, and a BA from Stanford.
Marlene is the lead editor and co-author of an academic volume, Advancing U.S. Latino Entrepreneurship, has written academic publications in peer-reviewed journals like Small Business Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Qualitative Sociology, and authored several industry reports and research briefs. Marlene’s work is guided by her passion for education and economic equity and exploring pathways of mobility for immigrants, women, and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.