Grace Children’s


Marian Gryzlo, EdD

Ex Officio

Cause Advocate, Educator and Multi-Sector Partnership Strategist

Dr. Marian Gryzlo has a distinguished track record of designing strategies that combine profit and purpose to drive business and social value. 

Her more than 30 years’ experience includes advising executive leaders, nonprofit board members and business owners in industries ranging from consumer product to cancer research. In her many roles, she has developed business, nonprofit and educational alliances, launched foundations, advised on granting millions to causes, and helped nonprofits raise millions to achieve long-term goals.

Most recently she led strategic partnership development at Ronald McDonald House New York, where she helped generate millions in resources for pediatric cancer patients and their families. She previously led business development at Leukemia Lymphoma Society and consulted for notable brands and clients including Mastercard, Fujifilm USA, TAMPAX, Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses, and the Tyra Banks Foundation.

Her educational background includes an EdD in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College and an MBA in Marketing from Iona College. She also was honored with an appointment as Academic Scholar by Cornell University’s Center for Healthy Futures for her work at the intersection of healthcare and hospitality. Also, she is adjunct faculty for Manhattanville College, teaching leadership in its graduate program, and is a guest lecturer for Baruch College on cause marketing and corporate partnership development.

Her work in all sectors gives her the unique ability to understand the range of complexity related to organizational challenges, disruptive change, and collaborative advantage. She is enthusiastic about creating strategies that combine profit and purpose to benefit causes and create social value.

Her life’s work focuses on helping others with what she learned through academic study, professional practice, and as a cancer survivor, using the gift of empathy through a lens of social justice to support others who are struggling.

The mission of the Grace Children’s Foundation resonates with her commitment to help the most vulnerable children with illness get the treatment and compassionate care they need, paying it forward. There is no greater mission than to change the life of the child by giving him or her the chance they would not have had.