Maria Turovets has two years of experience in the non-profit sector, and six years of experience in marketing. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Volgograd State University, Master of Arts in Sociology from Saint Petersburg State University, and Master of Arts in Political Science from the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences. In 2015, the jury of a contest for emerging scholars named after Galina Starovoitova gave Maria an award for the “Best Research Paper”. Maria worked as a search engine optimization specialist in the business sector and was a freelance journalist writing for popular media, such as Snob.ru and Takie dela. Through these experiences, she developed strong management skills and sufficient skills in journalism. Maria enjoys focusing on the topic of civic education, and has a strong passion for democratic development.