Marina was born in St-Petersburg and moved to Tallinn (Estonia) almost 40 years ago. She was an active volunteer of the Jewish Community of Estonia in the period of its post-Soviet revival. Logically, later she was invited to work in the Community as the Director of Welfare Programs. After 4 years she have changed her involvement into professional Jewish life by joining the JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) Baltic team and later the JDC Europe team. Marina works for the JDC for more than 12 years already.