Message from the Chairman

Dear colleagues and friends:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Marilyn Zlotnik as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Metis Associates.

Since joining Metis in 1994 Marilyn has been a committed and inspirational leader, advancing in her responsibilities from Senior Associate within the Research, Evaluation and Technology Division to her most recent post as Chief Operating Officer (COO).  As COO, Marilyn directs and oversees Metis’s research staff who provide human services consulting services to city and state agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, foundations, and community-based organizations.  In addition, as COO Marilyn plays a leading role in the design and execution of Metis’s Strategic Plan, coordinating key initiatives in the areas of marketing and business development, operations, and internal and external communications activities.

As a charter member of the national Grant Professionals Association and member of the design team for the inaugural Grant Professionals Certification exam, Marilyn is nationally recognized for her expertise in program and grants development.  Heading up our grant development practice, at last count, Marilyn has directed the development of competitive grant proposals that have resulted in awards totaling more than $600 million in funding to Metis’s clients. 

Of particular note, Marilyn has over 30 years of experience researching, designing, and supporting magnet schools as a vehicle for promoting educational equity and integration.  She began this work as a research associate at Vanderbilt University, where she co-authored with Dr. Willis Hawley one of the early studies focused on effective strategies for school desegregation.  Before coming to Metis she served the New York City Department of Education as a teacher and administrator supporting the implementation of magnet school programs.  And she and her husband Peter Hultberg are the proud parents of two children, Sam and Gabe, who attended NYC arts-focused magnet schools from kindergarten through grade 12.    

I can think of no one better suited than Marilyn to lead Metis into the next phase of its growth and development as a significant force for social reform.


Stan Schneider, Chairman