Born in Rome, Italy and spending her early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marta Farion completed her education with a B.A. and M.A. from Loyola University in Chicago and a J.D. from IIT-Kent College of Law in 1980. During her professional career, Farion pursued her international interests as attorney, businesswoman and specialist in cultural and educational exchange programs between the United States and other countries. Knowledgeable of the linguistic and cultural barriers to international cooperation, Farion has devoted much of her career to establishing and developing cross-cultural relationships among various governmental, business, health, educational, and cultural institutions.
A Chicago resident, prior to attending law school Farion taught literature and bilingual education in the Chicago Public Schools and worked as educational programming coordinator for Georgia Public Television in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing her legal education Farion worked at Shefsky, Saitin & Froelich in Chicago and was later a law partner at Alexander, Farion & Associates. In 1989, Farion became president and general counsel to Redex Packaging Corp., a technology firm specializing in packaging systems and services to the food industry. Currently Farion is the president of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America, a non-profit organization engaged in assisting higher education in Ukraine through innovative programs and exchanges with U.S. universities. She also consults in the areas of international business, as well as in education and cultural projects.
Farion has undertaken leadership roles in promoting exchanges between Chicago and Kyiv. From 1995 until 2007 she served as chairperson of the City of Chicago’s Sister Cities International Program for Kyiv, Ukraine and in that capacity she organized, managed and promoted numerous Chicago-Kyiv exchange activities in the areas of culture, education, economic development, health and government administration. In 2005 she organized the visit of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley to Ukraine. In 1999, Farion served as chairperson of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival’s annual fundraiser and has served on the board of directors of the Grant Park Music Festival since then. Farion was also a board member of the Chicago International Visitor’s Center and serves as board member of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.