Marlen Mendoza starts Iowa City collective for Latina entrepreneurs

By Erin Jordan


After earning a degree in International Studies in Global Health in December 2016, Mendoza moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Law and Social Policy. There, she researched, wrote reports and talked with members of Congress about funding programs to reduce poverty. But Mendoza realized that while the programs often benefited youth, young people weren’t involved in the process.

“Young people understand the issues in their community, but how do you build that together into a policy format?” Mendoza said.


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