Community Powered Workshop
Marla believes in the power of communities and their place-based projects to generate lasting, meaningful impact. As a Puerto Rican woman living in the U.S., creating opportunities that result in more equitable and just cities is her passion. Working on affordable housing issues in Austin, Texas, she understands firsthand how many low-income families are burdened by housing costs, affecting their ability to access other essential goods and services like healthy foods. Additionally, these households often travel far to find these services, creating a cycle of resource outflow that neglects local investment. She hopes this opportunity allows her to make strong connections between the affordable housing sector, healthy food retail, and small minority-owned businesses in historically under-resourced neighborhoods. Her vision is to support community services while strengthening place-based investments that are for and by neighborhoods.
MORE ABOUT MARLA
Marla enjoys learning about new topics and meeting people who are interested in and passionate about making systemic changes in their communities. Her experience working with communities internationally makes her appreciate the importance of local stories, collaborative work, and equity, all essential components for thriving healthy communities.