Marytza Gawlik is an associate for networked improvement science at the Carnegie Foundation. She previously worked as an assistant professor for Wayne State University and Florida State University, where is also served as a senior research associate. As faculty, Gawlik prepared teachers and teacher leaders for the principal and superintendent roles. Gawlik's research and expertise spans policy and organizational sociology, focusing primarily on the intersection of research and practice in leadership, accountability, and school choice. She has worked for the Jacobs Institute for Innovation at the University of San Diego, developing and designing a blueprint for administrator standards and dispositions. She has also served as a Freedom School Teacher through the Children’s Defense Fund in Hunter’s Point, San Francisco, and developed an Afrocentric curriculum in literacy and mathematics. Gawlik received her master’s in economics from the New School for Social Research and her doctorate in education policy from the University of California, Berkeley.