Acting Chief Executive Officer

Marie joined ED2WORK in 2020, and prior to becoming action chief executive officer in March 2021, she served chief strategy officer. An accomplished senior executive in higher education and nonprofit associations, her career spans more than 25 years including extensive experience as a leader in organizations serving working learners.


Most recently, Marie served as president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Marie also serves on the Board of Directors at Bryant & Stratton College. She is also a strategic advisor for Packback, a solution to help faculty lead online discussions more effectively and efficiently using AI. She served on the board of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she was chair of the board for two years.


Previously, she served as provost and senior vice president at the University of Maryland University College (now University of Maryland Global Campus). Marie has also administered programs for adults at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and held increasingly responsible positions at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and at City University of Seattle in Washington.


Marie is committed to helping colleges, universities, employers and workforce agencies find points of collaboration and connection. She believes that a robust 21st-century economy depends on the lifelong ability of adults to learn new skills that connect them to evolving career opportunities.  Through her work, Marie advocates for a shift in perspective that places adult learners directly at the core of new learn-and-earn efforts.


Marie earned her doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master’s degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University.  Marie was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2016.

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  • Serving Adult Learners: Wisconsin as a Microcosm of the Nation. Meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of WI System, Whitewater, WI. 2019.

  • Toward a Systemic Approach to Leading Academic Innovation: What Can Research Tell Us? Plenary at NUTN Network, San Antonio, TX. 2017.

  • Evolving Needs of Adult Students: 1997-2017. Overview presentation at Summit on Serving Adult Students, Education Commission of the States, Nashville, TN. 2017.

  • Connecting College Curricula & Careers. Presentation at the EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists) Summit on Higher Education: ​Visualizing the New Economy & Building the Future Workforce, Couer d’Alene, ID. 2017.

  • Planning in an Age of Analytics. Panel presentation at the SCUP 52nd Annual, International Conference: We Strengthen and Transform Higher Education, Washington, D.C. 2017.

  • Increasing Access and Quality in Higher Education: The Rise of Open Educational Resources. At the Connect Higher Education Summit: Engineering Change in Higher Education. Louisville, KY. 2017.

  • Open Educational Resources for Access, Quality, and Retention. Part of a Panel on “Lowering Cost—OER Lightning Round.” At the Saylor Higher Education Summit--Looking at the Degree and Beyond: Lowering Cost, Increasing Access and Exploring Access, Washington, DC. 2017.

  • Can Digital Learning Dismantle the American Class System? Part of a panel at a Zocalo Public Square event in Los Angeles, CA. 2017.

  • Open Educational Resources for Access, Quality, and Retention. Part of a Session on “Innovative Practices to Help Achieve Long-Range Goals.” At Leading Innovation: A Seminar for Department Chairs Sponsored by The Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership and ITHAKA S+R. 2017.

  • Open Educational Resources for Access, Quality, and Retention. Keynote to PA Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI): Annual Member Meeting, State College, PA. 2017.

  • Credential Transparency: A Critical Challenge in our Evolving Ecosystems. Learning Impact Leadership Institute: Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together. Denver, CO. 2017.

  • Open Educational Resources for Access, Quality, and Retention. Thought Leader Lightning Talk: What’s Next in Digital Learning presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Part of a Panel at ASU-GSV Summit, Salt Lake City, UT. 2017.

  • Aligning Federal Education Policies, Workforce Development Needs, and Adult Students: The National Adult Learner Coalition. Part of a panel presentation at UPCEA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. 2017.

  • Data Analytics and Student Success. Emerging Paradigms for Public Higher Education. AASCU Convening, Washington, DC. 2017.

  • OER: From Utopian Promise to Large-Scale Adoption. ITHAKA—The Next Wave conference, New York, NY. 2016.

  • Connected Credentials and Competencies: Bridging the Education-to-Employment Gap. Educause Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. 2016.

  • Quality Dimensions of Connected Credentials. Parchment Summit, Washington, DC. 2016.