BHI Treasurer Marlene Garza has over 20 years of experience in housing and non-profit management.  She has served as the Chief Administrative for HACLA, managing the agency’s financial, legal, information technology, and human resources.

Prior to that, Marlene was the Assistant General Manager for Administration for the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, where she oversaw the department’s fiscal and administrative functions, was the CEO of the Housing Rights Center, a non-profit legal services agency which investigates and litigates housing discrimination complaints, and a Diversity Training Monitor for the Office of the Civil Rights Monitor. Marlene also taught junior high bilingual math and science for LAUSD.

Marlene has a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley.

While finance, contracts and legal matters are Marlene’s stock-in-trade, hiking and travel help her unwind.  A bucket-list trip to Patagonia combined the two for a journey of discovery that tested her endurance while soaking in the transformative vistas.