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Marlene Orozco

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Marlene Orozco
B.A., Stanford University, 2010
M.A., Harvard University, 2011


Marlene ( is a Research Analyst with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative and PhD candidate in Sociology. She holds a B.A. from Stanford with Honors and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a fourth grade lead teacher at a charter school on the east side of San Jose, California. Marlene is trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. She is an IES Fellow in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis, a Mellon Fellow, and an EDGE Fellow and mentor at Stanford. Her current research focuses on immigrant integration and pathways of social mobility through entrepreneurship. 


Selected Publications

Widen, S., Orozco, M. & Loeb, S. 2019. Reaching Unconnected Caregivers: Using a Text-Message Based Education Program to Better Understand How to Help Informal Caregivers Support Child Development. Journal of Early Childhood Research. 

Orozco, M., Oyer, P., & Porras, J. 2018. "2017 Research Report: State of Latino Entrepreneurship." Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. 

Morelix, A., Tareque, I., Orozco, M., Perez, I., Oyer, P., & Porras, J. 2018. "The Latino Entrepreneurship Gap: A Comparative Measure of Latino Entrepreneurship Activity." Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.

In the News

Helping Latino Businesses Keep PaceInsights by Stanford Business.

Immigration Edition. Radio Bilingue. 

Despite Big Barriers Latino Entrepreneurs are Outpacing all Others in U.S. Silicon Valley Business Journal.

What’s Fueling Latino Entrepreneurship — and What’s Holding It BackInsights by Stanford Business.

Stanford Study: Latino Startups are Growing In Number but are ‘Underbanked.’ Forbes.

Se incrementa el número de emprendedoras latinas en EE.UU. más rápido que otros grupos. CNN en Español. 

Los Emprendedores Latinos Superan las Barreras Financieras en Estados UnidosEl Pais

Empresarios latinos, muchos pero pequeños. El Diario NY.