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Data Engineering Manager @ Instagram

Marina is a software engineering leader with a product-first mindset that leverages her innovation expertise to shape technology, product and strategy in complex tech markets. Having set a career path for herself in data, she has worked on creating smart and nimble data products in her roles at various companies that utilize modern technologies to deliver value for the business and customer.

As a Data Engineering Manager for the Instagram Core Ads team and, previously, as the Director of Engineering and Product of Data at Jellyvision, she leads teams of data engineers and data scientists, consistently producing results and innovative solutions. She has exceptional managerial skills and, beyond creating high-performing happy teams, she has adeptly handled layoffs and performance reviews/issues even through the current recession. She has been working on strategies to shift data strategy from a cost-based model to a revenue center through Machine Learning and Data Science. As an engineering leader at Instagram, she works closely with other senior leaders and executives to shape the vision of products within the organization. Prior to joining Instagram, Marina led the vision and execution of the Data Science Platform as a Product Manager at Jellyvision Health-Fin Tech and, Uptake for IoT and Cloud.

Marina lives in Chicago with her family, and seeks to continue shaping the future of the next company and her community through her spirited leadership in software engineering, innovation and, data science but most importantly by continuing to support Inclusion and Diversity efforts. Marina is a big advocate of having more women in Tech and demonstrated her commitment by partnering with (former ITA) 1871 in the creation of the Women Influence Chicago Accelerator program, creating a podcast in which she is interviewing prominent women in Tech in Chicago (UNBOSSED) and re-establishing The Chicago Woman's Club. 

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