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Senior Outreach Specialist
Red Hat

Marina Zhurakhinskaya is a Senior Outreach Specialist focused on open source community diversity and inclusion at Red Hat. She co-organizes Outreachy, a mentorship and internships program that helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved; 281 people have so far participated in the program's paid, remote internships. Previously, Marina worked as a GNOME Community Engagement Lead. She coordinated GNOME's participation in Google Summer of Code for three years and created GNOME's newcomers tutorial and workshop. She served as a board member at the GNOME Foundation and at the Ada Initiative. Prior to her diversity outreach and community engagement roles, Marina developed software for GNOME. Marina is a recipient of an O'Reilly Open Source Award and of a GNOME Foundation Contributor of the Year Award "the Pants". She is a co-recipient of the Free Software Foundation Award for Projects of Social Benefit on behalf of the Outreach Program for Women.