Design Leadership

I lead a multidisciplinary design team at an NYC-based crypto startup leveraging design as a strategy for innovative products that reach millions of people. Our team consists of 10+ talented brand, graphic, and product designers, touching every point of the user journey. And I bring with me more than twenty years of designing for popular brands, and over ten years of experience in mentoring, building, and leading design teams.

I also serve as a UX Academy Mentor with DesignLab, earned a “Top Mentor” badge at Mentorcruise as well as a Member of the Design Leadership Forum with InVision, where we work to advance the practice of design leadership.

Leadership Style

As a leader, I believe in setting a clear vision and strategy for the team.

I believe in building strong relationships based on trust, transparency and grounded in nurturing empathy.

I believe in encouraging authenticity and valuing each team member’s unique strengths and individual background to enrich a collaborative environment free of judgement.

I believe in setting straightforward expectations and giving autonomy to grow.

I believe in knowing individual team member’s aspirations and shortcomings, and helping them tailor their professional experiences by providing plenty of opportunities to learn, take ownership and excel.

I believe in leading by example rather than managing.

“Marina is without a question the best leader I ever had the pleasure to work with. I’m saying leader – not boss – for very good reasons…she truly cares about the team, about the mental state of every single person in it and most importantly – she inspires everyone to be the best designer they can be in the areas they are good at. Thanks to her approach, her guidance and her support I strongly believe I became a better designer than I ever was.”

Jerzy Zareba, Senior Brand Designer