Krasina Koleva was born and raised in Stara Zagora, a small town in the middle of Bulgaria. She graduated from high school in Bulgaria and came to college in the United States graduating with a double-major in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. While in college she also did a foreign exchange with the Free University of Berlin where she took classes in economics and political science. Upon graduation Krasina worked at a major law firm in Washington D.C. specializing in cases related to white collar crime and corruption practices subjected to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act FCPA. A year later she joined a small and fast growing start-up in the area of healthcare IT in Boston. In this entrepreneurial environment Krasina worked with payers and providers on data-driven solutions and led internal initiatives such as a company-wide newsletter. Some of her project work included evaluating a practice readiness for Patient Centered Medical Home PCMH and creating a set of recommendations to achieve certification, implementing a new web enrollment tool, leading the data transition efforts from an old legacy system to a new one at a major insurance company and leading the testing efforts during the upgrade of an Electronic Health Records EHR system at a provider organization. Through her work on data integration and analytics, data warehousing, practice coaching, PCMH and population health management Krasina ultimately helped payers and providers enhance quality of care, reduce healthcare costs and improve healthcare outcomes.
I want to pursue a career in management consulting that will allow me to work on international engagements where I can apply my consulting expertise and knowledge of healthcare.  I want to help emerging markets grow and better integrate them with the global economy.