Marilyn Allman Maye earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College in mathematics and sociology–anthropology with a concentration in black studies. She earned an M.A.T. in mathematics from Harvard University, and an M.A. in mathematical statistics and Ed.D. in mathematics education from Columbia University. A tenured professor, she has consulted regionally and nationally for school districts, departments of education, and professional development organizations. She led technology teams for New York City. She has authored three books, one of which she co-authored with her husband, Warren.