I grew up in Leningrad, former USSR; I completed my MA in education, and worked as a Japanese and English-speaking tour guide, translator and interpreter. During “perestroika”, I worked as a business liaison for one of the first new private companies.
I moved to California at the end of 1990 to complete production of the “Spirit of a People” documentary about Russia, and to continue my education. After completion of the MBA program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, I worked at a non-profit organization, Center for Citizen Initiatives, as Director of the Productivity Enhancement Program that provided business training to Russian business owners.
The program has been funded by the USIA, and has been considered as the most efficient
and effective business management training model as it has been supported by majority of the Rotary clubs across United States. During those years, I learned to appreciate good will and generous contributions made by Rotarians. who shared with budding Russian business men and women their expertise, their homes, and their time. I have been a Rotarian only for one year in Mill Valley but had to stop my membership due to the new challenges of moving to Silicon Valley and starting new demanding job with HP.
After 15 years of working at HP.com as a manager of such web programs as accessibility, privacy, domain naming, visual identity, etc. and participating in various web-related organizations I moved to Carmel with my husband.
In Monterey County, for one year, I worked as Executive Director of the PowerOverCancer, Supportive Care Alliance, non-profit organization, and, then, started my own business creating a documentary that would tell as story of immigration from the former USSR and Russia.