Marlén Joanne Mendoza is a research assistant with CLASP's youth policy team. She provides research support and analysis on various issues related to youth of color, youth in poverty and disconnected youth.
Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Mendoza was a project coordinator for Despierta a tu Salud grant for the University Of Iowa College Of Public Health, where she worked to increase HPV vaccination rates among Latino youth in West Liberty, Iowa. She trained and led a group of undergraduate research assistants to conduct health education workshops and piloted intercept surveys on HPV awareness and vaccination. Additionally, she served as a local policy advocate for the Community ID in Johnson County, Iowa, where she raised awareness about the benefits Municipal IDs could provide vulnerable populations who lack a primary form of identification. Ms. Mendoza received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, where she majored in international studies in global health & Spanish, with a certificate in critical cultural competency.