Over the past eight years, Malena has served the citizens and visitors of Summit County through her roles at the Park City Police Department. As the Victim Advocate Coordinator Malena was a first responder who specialized in assisting victims of violent crime immediately following their victimization. This experience allowed Malena to work collaboratively with local nonprofits to provide needed support services and criminal justice information for victims traversing challenging situations. Malena currently manages the police office, budget, and strategic planning in her role as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police.
Malena holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Utah where she focused on local government policy. Malena has served two terms on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission, including time as chair, and has represented the commission on the Kimball Junction Masterplan Committee. She was appointed by Park City Municipal as a member of the Summit County Behavioral Assessment Committee, which focused on expanding mental health services throughout Summit County. She has served as chair of the Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition and a member of the Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
Currently, Malena lives in the Snyderville Basin with her husband, son, and ten-year-old pup, and they collectively enjoy anything they can do together. Malena enjoys hiking, yoga, singing, and writing.