Marlene Cintron went from being the daughter of a Puerto Rican Pentecostal minister and her missionary mother in the Bronx to a leader who creates opportunities for the people in her borough.


Growing up on Kelly Street, Marlene experienced the power and importance of diversity as well as how the combination of faith, family, and education can conquer many challenges. 

The lessons Marlene learned from her parents – and from the Bronx – are why she was the first in her family to graduate from college. And they’re why Marlene has spent her life fighting to increase opportunities in the Bronx for the residents of the Bronx. 


During the last nine years, Marlene has served as president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. While there, she helped bring jobs and opportunities to The Bronx by supporting and financing local businesses while also rebranding the borough that she calls home.


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