Marie Groark joined the Get Schooled Foundation in 2012 as Executive Director. The Foundation, which is based in New York City, raises awareness about the significant challenges facing America's public education system. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Program Officer for Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for 10 years, leading its efforts to improve educational outcomes through advocacy and communications work. In that position, she worked closely with media, government and non-profit partners to focus on America's drop out crisis, and the civic and economic consequences of the status quo.
Previously, Groark was a principal consultant with PwC Consulting, where she led strategic planning engagements for government, non-profit and corporate clients. She began her career as a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from New York University, a Masters of Teaching from Teacher's College at Columbia University, and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she has served on the board of directors of the Education Writers Association.