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Maggie Ivanova

Maggie Ivanova

Margarita Ivanova was born in the small town of Nova Zagora located in the southern part of Bulgaria. "I came to the United States for the first time in 1999 on a summer exchange program. After graduating with a Master's degree in French Language and literature at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 2000, I came back to the U.S. again to pursue studies in Hospitality Management at the Normandale Community College in Minneapolis, where I earned an Associate Degree." She lives in the West End of Portland with her husband, who is also Bulgarian and has lived in Portland for almost 12 years.

Maggie works in Portland for CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange, where she is an Enterprise Foundations Operations Manager. She states, "My position involves working with students, recent university graduates and researchers from Hungary, the Baltic States and Slovakia who are given the opportunity to come to the United States on fully-funded scholarships to study, do internships or research, sponsored respectively by HAESF (the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund), BAFF (the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation) and SAF (the Slovak American Foundation)."

When asked what attracted her to PESLSF, Maggie says, "My passion is to help people who come to the United States in the pursuit of happiness to realize their dreams and build successful careers. I can completely relate to them as have also had a similar experience." Maggie is a perfect fit for PESLSF. She brings a lot of experience, enthusiasm and energy. She serves on the Scholarship Committee and the Oral History Project. Maggie remarks, "I am very happy that I can contribute to PESLSF and I am very grateful to be given such opportunity.