Marina Williams

Associate Director, Career & Leadership Readiness


As an Associate Director of Career and Leadership Readiness, Marina works with Harris students to explore career options, identify professional development goals, and select pathways that align with students’ values. She is dedicated to empowering students with resources and tools for success through one-on-one and group coaching, interactive communication, and program facilitation.

Prior to joining Harris, Marina taught English abroad through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, assisting in course curriculum and delivery for more than 800 students in grades 1-9. Intercultural work within her local Japanese community inspired Marina to pursue a graduate degree in international relations, during which time she also mentored international and local students at the high school level and beyond. Following graduation, Marina further fostered her passion for education and public service by joining Rotary International’s Peace Centers team, assisting in fellowship program management for graduate students studying peace and conflict resolution. Most recently, Marina worked as a career counselor for undergraduate students on the Careers in Business team at UChicago Career Advancement.

Marina holds a BA in English and Japanese language and culture from Northwestern University and an MA in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, Fletcher School. Following her graduate degree, she also earned certificates in adult mental health first aid, workplace negotiation, and project management.