Mara Ruse holds a master's degree in European Political and Administrative Studies at College of Europe in Belgium. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences at the University of Bristol in the UK.
Mara Ruse is working as economist at the International Relations and Communications Department of the Bank of Latvia since March 2016. Her duties involve working with issues related to International Monetary Fund and the European Union (EU). Mara Ruse worked at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU in Brussels during the time of Latvia's Presidency in the Council of the EU. Later she worked at the Latvian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna. Her career began as a trainee at the European Commission at the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Policy, Andris Piebalgs.