Marlena is the Partnerships Manager for Civil Society at PAI, where she oversees the organization’s portfolio of over 50 non-profit and civil society organizations. As the in-residence expert on international human rights, Marlena brings a rights-based and community-oriented approach to artificial intelligence.
Marlena joined PAI as a lawyer working at the intersection of corporate accountability, technology and international human rights. She has over five years’ experience in promoting and implementing the corporate responsibility to respect human rights across a range of sectors, having worked with internationally-recognized business and human rights practitioners in the U.S, Europe, and Latin America. With experience in leading private, public, academic and non-profit organizations, Marlena is known for consistently taking a feminist approach to business and human rights.
Prior to her role at PAI, Marlena worked as a consultant at Investor Alliance for Human Rights and Oxfam America, and managed the business and human rights department at a boutique consulting firm in Boston. She started her career by working as Junior Associate at a law firm in Geneva, Switzerland, and as Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. As an independent expert, Marlena regularly advises the world’s top companies in embedding human rights into their operations and supply chains, and speaks at prominent conferences both globally and domestically. Her most recent research and advocacy have focused on the human rights impacts of technology companies.
Marlena holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Geneva, as well as a Master’s of Law degree (LL.M) from Stanford Law School. She also held academic positions at Harvard Law School, Boston University, Humboldt University of Berlin and University of Basel. Marlena is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, author of publications in law and policy, and fluent in six languages.
When she isn’t working to advance human rights in the private sector, Marlena can be spotted at a dance or yoga studio, hiking, or enjoying San Francisco’s foodie, musical and cultural scene.
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