Marcela received an M.A. from The New School in International Affairs with a media focus and a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University. She has worked on various media campaigns and online publications for UNDP Gender Team, Planned Parenthood Votes! Northwest, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and Wetpaint, Inc. Her thesis - a documentary film called "Unlocking Pacification" - was developed for UN-HABITAT Brazil.