|Marina Nikishina was born on April 19, 1960. In 1984 she graduated from Leningrad Institute of Engineering and Economics, in 1997 – from the Academy of State Service.
She has started her career with working for the Bureau of Statistics of KASSR, later renamed into the State Statistics Service of the Republic of Karelia. In 1997 she became a director of economic analysis and forecast department of the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Karelia.
Since 1998 worked for the Administration of the Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Karelia as an economic adviser.
In 2001 was at the head of the sector of economics and finance of the largest in the republic Karellesprom logging holding company.
Since 2002 worked in the capacity of the Deputy Head of the Local Government of the city of Petrozavodsk.
From 2006 to 2009 was an assistant to the Member of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation A.Nelidov.
On July 22, 2010 was appointed acting Assistant to the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Karelia.
On September 4, 2010 was appointed Assistant to the Head of the Republic of Karelia and Minister of Labour and Employment of the Republic of Karelia.