Valentina Petrova received a MAIS from the Jackson School of International Studies, and an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. Prior to her studies at UW, Petrova earned a BA in both Political Science, and Communication with an emphasis in print/broadcast journalism at Pacific Lutheran University. Currently, Petrova provides qualitative data analysis software consulting services to researchers at her consulting firm, QDA Consulting. Petrova also works as a Qualitative Team Lead at VA Puget Sound Health Care System where she leads qualitative teams through research cycles including proposal writing, data collection, coding, analysis, and findings dissemination. Her work also includes training primary investigators and other research staff on data collection (grounded interviewing style) and analysis (various ATLAS.ti 8 topics).