Malena Rousseau
Buffett Early Childhood Institute, Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Malena Rousseau, Ph.D. is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. She contributes to the research and evaluation of the Institute’s two signature programs—the Achievement Gap Challenge and the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Malena focuses on methodological design, coordination of the research and data collection teams, and program evaluation. Outside of her career, Malena is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Omaha Chapter. In her rare moments of spare time, she likes to sew clothing for herself and her children. Malena is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina who relocated to Omaha with her wife in 2014. They have two daughters, a standard poodle named Carter, and a cat named Huey. Malena earned a bachelor's degree in biological anthropology and anatomy (now called evolutionary anthropology) at Duke University, a master’s degree in anthropology at East Carolina University, and a doctorate in anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.