Marielle Villar Martiney is an organizational strategist, electoral politics aficionado, and fierce community advocate. She has extensive experience in public service and currently serves as Senior Manager of Impact and Evaluation at GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), a neighborhood housing and preservation organization. Marielle oversees the implementation of GOLES' first impact evaluation to support data-driven organizational transformation and leads GOLES' communications team. Previously, Marielle worked as program manager with the Fresh Air Fund, consultant for social impact venture capital firm Propel Capital, and Campaign Manager in Pennsylvania for the 2018 midterms — her team made history by electing the first woman and first Democrat to PA-158. A lifelong environmental and water policy enthusiast, Marielle worked on single-use plastics policy for the Mayor's Office of Climate Policy and Programs and the New York Department of Sanitation.
Marielle continues to stay active in electoral politics by volunteering for local NYC campaigns and serving as District Captain for Sister District New York, a non-profit dedicated to building progressive political power at the state and local level. She also serves on the Associate Board for United Neighborhood Houses and is a Mentor for the Princeton University Mentorship Program, assisting students of color in navigating Princeton. Marielle is a 2017 — 2018 New York Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and is a Frontline Solutions 2013 Hilliard P. Jenkins Fellow.
A proud Boricua, Marielle was born in the Bronx and now resides in the Lower East Side. She is passionate about water politics and policy, Puerto Rican rights, state and local elections, and housing justice. Public service was an important part of her childhood, as her mother was a public school teacher and her father a Navy veteran. Marielle is a former ballet dancer, and continues to enjoy dancing and the performing arts.
Marielle graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and a Certificate in Environmental Studies. She was awarded the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice Undergraduate Research and Internship Grant and her thesis analyzing Bolivian Water Wars received nomination for the best senior thesis in the Princeton Environmental Institute.