Zinaida joined the oIP as the Assistant to the Executive Director in July 2012. She graduated from Mari El State University in 1999 with a B.A in economics and earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics in 2012. She moved from her native country Russia to the United States in the fall of 2005.
Zina lives in Harrisonburg with her daughters Elena, Ekaterina (Kat) and two spoiled cats, Louis and Maxi. Elena is a sophomore studying International Relations at the College of William & Mary; Kat is a 6th grade student at Montevideo Middle School.