Marlene first became involved with Urban Greens four years ago when she and her family relocated to Providence from Wisconsin. At the time, she volunteered with the community outreach committee, processing new member applications, and other activities as Urban Green was establishing its new physical location. Marlene’s first exposure to the local food movement began while in college in the 1980s – stocking shelves and harvesting vegetables at her local co-op. She has been supporting food-co-ops, CSAs, and local producers ever since. This early and deep involvement has formed the basis for her long-held belief that everyone deserves to
eat well and have equitable access to fresh, locally sourced food.
Beyond food co-ops, Marlene has donated her time and energy in every community that she has lived– serving on the boards of local arts centers, community arts associations, and a public school district. Since moving to Providence, she has mentored immigrant families through Dorcas and is co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee at her local sports club. Through the combination of all these endeavors, she has come to realize that the adage ”Think Global, Eat Local” is about way more than food—it is about autonomy, security, and public well-being.
She strongly believes that her 20-year corporate professional background in Finance, Project Management, Governance, Strategic Management, Accounting Degree, and MBA, combined with her personal passions can assist Urban Greens fulfill its Mission. Marlene wants to help ensure the long-term health of Urban Greens and the vitality of this community asset.