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Marlene Orozco, Ph.D.



Marlene Orozco is the Principal Investigator and Chief Executive Officer of Stratified Insights. Dr. Orozco is a mixed methods researcher by training with over 250 hours of in-depth interview experience and quantitative expertise in big data. Through her public scholarship, Dr. Orozco's research has been featured in over 100s of media outlets including Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Forbes, NBC News, CNN en Español, and Univision, among others. 

Dr. Orozco is the lead editor and co-author of an academic volume, Advancing U.S. Latino Entrepreneurship, and has written academic publications in peer-reviewed journals in addition to several industry reports and research briefs. She has been previously named 40 Under 40, Top Young Professionals by Silicon Valley Business Journal and presented the Stanford Community Impact Award by the Stanford Alumni Association. 

Dr. Orozco's work is guided by her passion for education and economic equity and exploring pathways of mobility for immigrants, women, and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. As a founding board member of CRESER Capital Fund, an emerging CDFI serving Latino small businesses in Sonoma County, and an Illumen Capital Ambassador, she regularly coaches and provides expertise to reduce systems-level bias facing women and people of color who are entrepreneurs, fund managers, or in the investment field. 


Marlene Orozco received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, a Master's in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and also holds a BA with honors in Sociology from Stanford. 


Research Domains

Immigrant Integration

Women and Minority Entrepreneurs 

Social Stratification and Inequality

Economic Sociology 

Diverse Asset

Capital Allocation

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