As a young girl, Marina had a passion for doing anything to help all kinds of people. Even in elementary school, she volunteered at adaptive gym classes. Marina has been a User/Expert with IHCD for over four years, during which she has reviewed a broad range of venues for accessibility and inclusive design. Clients included the Worcester Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Paul Revere House, and a firm designing exhibits for a museum. In addition, she has participated in projects with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Lesley University, and Mount Ida College.
She did her college internship at IHCD where she researched examples of venues throughout the globe which demonstrated “best in class” accessibility measures, and wrote narratives for these What Works examples, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Marina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Entertainment Management, Cum Laude, with a focus on venue management and accessibility. Her studies included the physical accessibility of venues, how to interact with customers, and how to best structure the venue to meet the needs of both employees as well as customers. She also has her own blog called Marina’s Accessibility Blog of Shame where she records venues that need to improve their access. She has been a member of the Teach Disability History movement through Easter Seals which began in 2020. She finished writing her third book in 2020 as well.
Marina has personally experienced a broad range of accessibility challenges and is passionate about enabling the the highest level of inclusion for people of all levels of ability.