Mariia Makarovych is particularly experienced in the collecting, processing, and analyzing of policy and financial data related to Ukrainian community development and the promotion of reforms through her previous work with the Donetsk Separated Subdivision of the Social Government Development Center, the NGO the Institute for Social and Economic Research as a regional expert in local budget programs, and the Association for Community Self-organization Assistance as an analyst. Since 2018, she has implemented several projects related to community education, land management, and local funding in the Donetsk region with funding from the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme as a part of the NGO Local Communities Development team. Mariia holds a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in law from the Donetsk University of Economics and Law and speaks Ukrainian and English. She was a member of the EU4 Youth Alumni network from 2020 to 2021 and was a Young European Ambassador from the EU Neighbours east from 2019 to 2021. Mariia’s primary focus at the EVC’s Information Defense Hub is the economy.