Director of Contracts
Marlene Faulkner-Hussein was born, raised, and educated in what she called “Money Making Manhattan” in New York City. She lived in New York for over 30 years before moving to Lowell and eventually coming to New Mexico. She started in retail in New York City but says as a woman of color she quickly determined her chances of upward mobility were slim to none. She became interested in community organizing when housing issues presented themselves in her Bronx community.
Marlene has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Studies with a specialization in Housing Management and then continued to Bernard M. Baruch College, a top ten business school to earn a Master of Public Administration as a Fellow and Research Assistant. She is excited to be a part of the Heading Home team because she will be working in her chosen field and is challenged by the possibility of introducing change and direction with hopes to move the agency towards housing development to supplement shelter advocacy.
Marlene considers herself to be a fashionista and has been collecting Native American jewelry for over 20 years. She loves jazz and live music and is a big fan of R & B and Motown. Molle as she prefers to be called is a very lively and eager dancer. She is also passionate about peace, tranquility, and standing up for what she believes is right.