PH International

Momavlis Taoba (Future Generation) Program

Marina Ushveridze
Chief of Party, Momavlis Taoba Program

Marina Ushveridze has over 18 years of work experience in international and development initiatives, with high levels of competency in program and grant management in the fields of education, civil society and social development, with expertise in design, implementation, management and evaluation of programs. Marina Ushveridze currently is Chief of Party of Momavlis Taoba (Future Generation) Program at PH International Georgia. In her position as MT program’s Chief of Party, Marina works with 480 schools across Georgia to advance school-based civic education and promote participation of youth in the development of Georgia’s democracy. MT program promotes greater civic engagement of young people and enhances civil society’s role in promoting transparent and accountable governance at the national and local levels by expanding and institutionalizing secondary school civics education curricula and practical applications.

Prior to starting her work on MT program, Marina led USAD-funded Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training Program at PH International. As Program Director for ACETT, Ms. Ushveridze provided leadership in the implementation of the program in 740 schools across Georgia, benefiting over 100,000 individuals, including students, teachers, school administration officials and community members. ACETT program gained high reputation among all state and non-state stakeholders. External evaluation results pointed out significant increases in civic involvement of students and civics teacher capacities and motivation.
Prior to joining PH International, Marina provided leadership to Children’s Tolerance Education Program at Save the Children Georgia. In the framework of this project, the renowned tolerance and social skills educational program and curriculum was developed. This program was selected for the 2009 Compendium of Good Practices in Human Rights Education, published by OSCE, UNHCHR, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
Marina Ushveridze’s endeavors both in Georgia and in the United States, have been focused in fields of youth, children and families, individuals with disabilities, children affected by conflict and victims of violence. To address the problem of violence and bullying at school, Marina initiated the development of the first school social work pilot training program in Georgia. Marina is also a founder and Board Member of the Georgian Association of Social Workers, the nation’s first professional organization focused on the development of social work in Georgia.
Marina Ushveridze graduated with Master’s degree in Social Work from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. She holds Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgian-American Institute of Public Administration and a degree in Sociology from Tbilisi State University.