Prior to joining GHS, Arlen worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio. In that role, she developed policy initiatives, implemented press strategies, and wrote legislation within her issue portfolio, which included healthcare, women's issues, and education, among others. Arlen also previously conducted research on the impacts of war on women's health and economic wellbeing while working at the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights.
Arlen graduated from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations, focusing on Global Health, Nutrition, and the Environment. While at Tufts, Arlen traveled to Rwanda to volunteer at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, where she taught after school programs and worked in the village's health clinic. Arlen spent a year living in Israel, studying Middle East politics and teaching therapeutic horseback riding to children with autism. She is also an avid rock climber and yogi.