Marla received her B.A. in Communications from the American University. She has worked at The National Academies since 1989. She handles phone and email inquires for the Fellowships Office, manages the Adviser data base and the Research Opportunity portion of website, and processes applications for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs and Research Associateship Programs. In her spare time, she likes to read; go to the movies; root for the Capitals, Redskins, and Nationals; or just relax with her family.