Student, Free University Berlin, 1986. Bachelor, Stanford University, 1988. Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1990.
Master of Arts, Monterey Institute Inter. Studies, 1992; Postgraduate, Moscow State University, 1999.
Program assistant Institute for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia, Washington, summer 1991. Russian interpreter, 1992-1999. Program co-director Wild Aid (formerly GSN), San Francisco, since 1998.
Member American Council Teachers of Russian, American Translate's Association.
Married Egor Nikolayevich Kopaev, September 10, 1999. 1 child, Leeza Whitney Kopaeva. 1 stepchild, Maria Egorovna Kopaeva.