Marie Dandie

Marie Dandie is the Co-founder and Founding Principal of pilotED Schools, an emerging network of charter schools set to launch its first campus in Indianapolis in 2019.


After joining Teach for America in 2013, Dandie and co-founder, Jacob Allen, created an after-school program in two Chicago neighborhoods incorporating a curriculum embedded in sociology and identity to change the trajectory of struggling and low-income middle school students. They assembled a team of teachers, developed a new curriculum and began executing a non-profit education program in their first years of teaching. Due to its success, the after-school program morphed into a K-8 school model driven to empower the way students see themselves and the world around them.


Marie was born and raised in Detroit, MI and earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s executive program for nonprofit management and leading excellent schools.  Marie also holds a certification in charter school policy, finance and administration from UCLA, and is currently a Principal Fellow at Relay Graduate School of Education.  Marie was a fellow with the Thomas P. Fordham Institute, NewSchools Venture Fund, Camelback Ventures, and The Mind Trust. Marie was also named a Forbes 30Under30 List Maker in 2017.

Marie Dandie

Co-founder and Founding Principal of pilotED School