Title: Project Coordinator
Mariya Chukhnova serves as Project Coordinator at The Critical Mass. Before joining TCM, Mariya worked as Project Manager at Sovereign Ventures, a management consulting company that specializes in fighting systemic corruption in developing democracies by using innovative solutions.
At Sovereign Ventures, she was responsible for developing and managing projects, monitoring and reporting results, researching and analyzing critical materials, and communicating with partners. Prior to that, she worked as Office Manager and Assistant to a Senior Director at the Community Impact at Columbia University, an NYC-based non-profit organization. She assisted during the grant proposal research and writing processes, maintained various databases, and communicated with partners. In addition, she was responsible for annual professional development training for over 100 student employees.
Mariya is also an Ukrainian Interpreter for The Providencia Group, an organization that provides human services to various government agencies. As a Ukrainian Interpreter, she assists Ukrainian minors at refugee centers and provides interpretation services to case managers. The program for Ukrainian minor refugees is run by the Office for Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the United States. Additionally, Mariya serves as a United Nations representative of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women Organizations.
Mariya obtained her bachelor’s degree in Slavic Studies at the School of General Studies at Columbia University and a master’s degree in Regional Studies (Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe) with a focus on Ukraine-Russia relations at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a 2020 recipient of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Mariya is a tri-lingual Ukraine-native professional with strong regional expertise. She was born and raised in Lutsk, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States in 2007.