Since 1998, Malena has worked in the fields of advertising, marketing, packaging and publishing for start-ups and non-profits. In 2005, she received a BFA in Graphic Design from FIT-SUNY. She joined the staff of Jonathan LeVine Gallery in 2007 to work in Media Relations and became their Associate Director in 2010. Malena served as Art Director for the book Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery published by Gingko Press in 2011. Since 2014, she has held roles as Manager of Graphic Design and Production at Japan Society as well as Creative Director for LOCAL LATHERS.