Ms. Chistyakova graduated from the Udmurt State University in 2003. In her final year at the university, she was the chief editor of a student newspaper of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities (Udmurt State University). She defended her thesis in Sociology in 2006.
From 2006 to 2008, she had a research and teaching position at the Engineering Management Department in St. Petersburg State University, where she was a recipient of multiple awards and grants. During that time she was also the manager of the Innovation Educational Program of St. Petersburg State University.
Ms. Chistyakova joined ITMO University in 2008 as the Head of International Projects and went on to become the Head of Strategic Planning (2008 – 2010), Head of Strategic Development (2013 – current), Head of Development Programs Office since 2014.