Marina J. Sandquist was born and raised in Bulgaria before moving to the United States in 2004. She received a BA in economics and a MBA from the University for National & World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as a degree in opera. She is fluent in several languages other than her native Bulgarian: English, Italian, Russian, and Serbian. As an opera singer she performed as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Serving on the Humanities Iowa Board is a chance for her to show her passion for the humanities, arts and languages.