Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Marina has been working in the Amazon since 1989. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the program director at the Rainforest Foundation US. There, she worked in partnership with indigenous groups in Central and South America to secure rights to their lands and influence policies to protect their resources. Marina also served as coordinator on climate change for the state of Amazonas in Brazil, where she oversaw the design and implementation of state climate change legislation including the first Brazilian payment-for-environmental-services program.
As a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Marina coordinated the Strategies for Tropical Conservation seminar. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biology from University of São Paulo and a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.