Marina was the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she built the first agency Digital Service team, bringing in America’s top technical talent for tours of duty within the agency to help transform how America serves and honors its Veterans. Her portfolio included vets.gov, a single digital destination for Veterans to manage, apply for, manage, and track the benefits they earned, replacing hundreds of disparate and difficult-to-navigate websites across the agency; Caseflow, a core part of the Department’s appeals modernization effort that provides a modern, intuitive, and largely automated interface for processing Veterans’ appeals for VA judges and attorneys; and the Clinician User Interface, a Web-based wizard that streamlines and shortens the disability compensation claim process. Marina’s team was also the first to bring commercial cloud computing and modern development practices, including continuous integration and deployment, to the VA.
She was formerly Senior Advisor to US CTO Todd Park, focusing on the VA, open data, and open government. Marina was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the US Department of Education, where she worked with internal and private sector innovators to use open educational data and standards as fuel for apps and services that can help achieve national priorities such as increasing college affordability and completion rates.
Prior to joining the federal government, Marina ran the business efficiency consulting firm The Type-A Way, where she leveraged technology and human-centered design to turnaround struggling businesses and help new startups establish strong practices from day one, and authored the book "Business Efficiency for Dummies."