Arlene comes to Demos with more than 15 years of experience bringing communications campaigns and  initiatives to life.

For three years Arlene served as the director of strategic communications at the Urban Institute, where she helped relaunch the esteemed think tank’s brand, mainstreamed its sophisticated research, and maximized its relationships with the media in ways that significantly increased Urban’s visibility.

Along her path, Arlene spent five years with Habitat for Humanity International reaching millions of people through events, media engagement, email marketing, and publications that advanced Habitat’s advocacy efforts and legislative priorities.

She has also held positions at the Equal Rights Center, Cohn & Wolfe, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and the United Nations.  A native of Canada, Arlene has an MA in mass communications, a BA in communications studies and a second bachelor’s degree in political science.

Before joining the Communications team at Demos, Arlene was launching her real estate investing company and led communications strategy for the Case Foundation in Washington, D.C.