Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact

Marina Chakmakchi MPPM

Global Talent Navigator
Marina Chakmakchi

Office Location

118 Wishcamper - Portland Campus




Marina is a multilingual international professional committed to providing meaningful services to populations of diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Marina was a women’s rights lawyer in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Marina earned a Law Degree, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (2003) and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management, Muskie School, USM (2007).  She is currently an LL.M. candidate at Maine Law.

As the Global Talent Navigator in the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact, Marina hopes to promote the interests of foreign-trained professionals and other New Americans at USM.  She believes it is important to create a culture of belonging, hospitality, and relatedness.  As Peter Block says, “Hospitality is the welcoming not only of strangers but also of the strange ideas and beliefs they bring with them.”

In 2005-2007, Marina worked at USM within the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative team and focused on improving uniformity and reliability of data submitted by grantees.  She then lived in Cambridge, UK, where she worked with students with disabilities at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to returning to Maine, she lived in Istanbul, Turkey, and taught Russian and English in Turkish private schools. Since coming back to Maine in 2019, Marina has worked at Portland Adult Education and the Office of Maine Refugee Services, focusing on providing resources and opportunities to refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, and other immigrants in Maine.