Marianna Chistyakova graduated from the Udmurt State University in 2003. In her final year, she was the chief editor of a student newspaper of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities. She defended her thesis in Sociology in 2006.
From 2006 to 2008, she had a research and teaching position at the Engineering Management Department at St. Petersburg State University where she received multiple awards and grants. During that time, she was also a manager of the Innovation Educational Program.
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), and head of development programs office (2014 – current).