Recognized as a top economist and advisor on the Caribbean, Marla has led discussions and published reports on the Caribbean implications of EU Blacklisting, COVID-19, BREXIT, and changing US and Chinese policies, among other geopolitical developments. Marla has taken a firm stance on resolving the constraints and the injustices that the Caribbean faces that directly hinder growth and constrain the region from achieving its socio-economic potential. Her monthly Caribbean Economic Report has become a critical input for regional monitoring, closely following risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for growth. As a highly sought-after keynote speaker internationally on Caribbean issues, she regularly advises private sector executives and multinationals to support their strategic decisions in the region. Marla served on the Government of Barbados Jobs and Investment Council, is a Member of the Advisory Board to the UNDP's Regional Bureau for Latin America, and Board member for the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI). She sits on the Board of Directors of RF Holdings and of Goddard Enterprises Limited.