Marlena Chertock

Communications Specialist, Water Program


Marlena Chertock is the Communications Specialist, Water at the World Resources Institute. She leads communications for the Water Program, crafting narratives and communication strategies, managing the program’s newsletter, social media, and external messaging, and facilitating events.

Previously, she served as the Communications Specialist for the Governance Center. Prior to joining the WRI, she worked at the Society for Science & the Public and interned with various media organizations, including Marketplace, WTOP, USA TODAY, News21, and Education Week. She received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House notation from the University of Maryland.

Marlena serves as the Co-Chair for OutWrite, Washington, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival. She has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016), writes articles on green technology for Electrical Contractor Magazine and often moderates or speaks on panels at literary conferences.


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