Marlén Mendoza is an independent policy consultant and has worked with various non-profits in D.C – the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), The Forum for Youth Investment, and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. She provides research, support, and analysis on various issues related to youth of color, youth in poverty, young adult mental health, and disconnected youth. With a focus on youth engagement and partnership consultant, Marlen actively seeks to bring youth and young adults to the policy table and decision-making process. Before being a policy consultant, Marlen received her BA in International Studies in Global Health at the University of Iowa. As an undergrad and community organizer, she was the project coordinator for Despierta a Tu Salud (Wake Up to Your Health) grant for the University of Iowa College Of Public Health, where she worked to increase HPV vaccination rates among Latino youth in West Liberty, IA. She trained and led a group of undergraduate research assistants to conduct health education workshops and piloted intercept surveys on HPV awareness and vaccination. Additionally, she served as a local policy advocate for the Community ID for Johnson County, IA where she raised awareness about the benefits Municipal IDs could provide vulnerable populations who lack a primary form of identification. Marlen currently lives in North Liberty, Iowa, and is the President of her local LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) chapter in Iowa City and is the Chair of LULAC Iowa State Civic Engagement Committee. She recently accepted a fellowship with the Des Moines Chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC) network.