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Originally from Southern California, Marlene has several years of experience implementing urban sustainability and adaptation programs funded by federal, state, and local governments, as well as multilateral institutions. Recently, she worked for the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), a state agency that uses Cap-and-Trade funds to invest in and promote sustainability, health, and equity in frontline communities. Marlene is committed to bringing a racial equity lens to all of her work and has worked on policy related to affordable housing, low-income weatherization and renewable energy assistance, urban greening, and workforce development among other topics. She has also lived and worked in various political and cultural contexts in the United States, Latin America, and in southern Africa.