Joanna Marinova attended the University of Toronto on a full scholarship for academic excellence and community leadership. She graduated with high honors in International Relations and Economics. After graduating, she worked for Wellington Management, a leading private investment management firm. An advocate at heart, Joanna left the world of finance to pursue her deep commitment to building healthy and vibrant communities through education.
A life-long learner, she has completed a certificate program in management from Harvard Business School and holds an MBA from the American University in Bulgaria, which she attended on a scholarship for NGO specialists. Joanna’s work is the recipient of numerous awards including the Universal Forum of Cultures in Spain by the United Nations, Harvard’s Harbus Award for Excellence in Journalism and Education, and a citation for the state of Massachusetts for achievements in youth work.
After over 25 years of living abroad, Joanna returned to Bulgaria in late 2016 in order to contribute her experience to the development of the NGO sector in her native country. With 14 years of experience and a proven track record in organizational leadership, Joanna has taken on the role of Executive Director at the “Lachezar Tsotsorkov” Foundation.