Aralena Malone-Leroy earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and International Studies from Santa Clara University, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from San Jose State University. Her interest in foreign politics and cultures brought her to Paris, France for research in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Westminster, and Religious Studies at the Institut d'Etudes Religieuses.
She nourishes her passion for travel, writing and humanitarian efforts through work in public relations in the private and non-profit sector. As an active member of the LAAFI Association, a French NGO dedicated to improving education in Burkina Faso, Aralena handles the association's marketing and outreach literature. She is the past News Editor of The WIP.