Marla received her B.A. in Communications from the American University. She has worked at The National Academies since 1989. She manages the Adviser data base and the Research Opportunity portion of website. Marla is also a part of the Associateships Operations staff, responsible for processing applications submitted during each of the four annual application periods. 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.