Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Marlene joined weSPARK with over twenty years of experience as a non-profit development professional. She served as the Development Director for the Alliance for Children’s Rights for over six years, as well as serving as a consultant for the organization’s Tennis for Tots tournament. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Marlene served as a Director of Development or consultant for various nonprofit organizations in her hometown of Chicago. Her previous experience includes work with the Hazelden Foundation, Chicago Together Against AIDS and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Marlene earned a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois and attended a Master’s Program in Philanthropy and Development at St. Mary’s University. She enjoys her life and being a mom to her teenage twins, Madison and Maxwell along with their dog, Diva.