Marieke van de Rakt studied Sociology and Communication Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Subsequently, she worked on a dissertation about the criminal careers of fathers and their children. She obtained her PhD in Social Sciences in january 2011. Since then, she has worked as a researcher as well as a teacher at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. As of September 2013, she gave up her position at Avans to focus her attention solely on her activities at Yoast.
Marieke van de Rakt is married to Joost de Valk and they have three amazing children together. Ever since Joost started his own company, Marieke tried to be as much involved as possible, leading to her eventually joining the company.
Having a solid academic background, Marieke focuses on (quantitative) research. Also, she tries to do some project management (getting things done!).