Marina Turlakova

Director of Research and Evaluation

Marina Turlakova is the Director of Research and Evaluation at uAspire. In this role, she leads internal analysis and research to inform uAspire’s continuous learning on how to best serve students. She also manages evaluation projects conducted at uAspire in collaboration with external researchers. Before joining uAspire, Marina worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she designed and managed evaluations of social programs in developing countries. Her previous work experience also includes analyst positions at the World Bank and Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm. Marina received a master’s in economics from the University of Cambridge, UK, and  bachelor’s in economics and political science from Wellesley College, MA.

Why uAspire?

As an international student from a low-income country, I personally experienced the difficulty and importance of navigating college affordability and financial aid issues. With increasing concerns about rising tuition and student loans, I believe that uAspire’s work is even more important now. Also, it is an honor to be part of an organization that puts so much value on learning about how to best serve students and achieve even greater impact.