Marla Magaña Cansino holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Belize. She is a fellow in the GOBelize Alumni Association, an nongovernmental organization focusing on sexual and reproductive health leadership. She has served as vice president of the board of directors and as a key facilitator for the Youth Empowerment Project for HIV Prevention, a project funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
Marla worked for several years as a research associate for the Belize Vector and Ecology Center. In this role, she was responsible for rearing and maintenance of mosquito colonies, development and implementation of study protocols, data analysis, and public health outreach. Having collaborated with local and international partners in research, education, and outreach, Marla hopes to continue participating in positive change and inspiring others to do the same. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.