Marquett Burton was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles where he attended William Blair High, testing out of high school at age 16. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor in Political Science in 2009.
Upon graduation he was accepted into Teach For America's Baltimore Corp. From 2009 to 2011, Marquett taught fulltime in the second lowest performing school district in the country, while studying fulltime for a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
In 2011, he was honored with becoming a Baltimore City Mayoral Fellow. Following this he was recruited to head a non-profit at Johns Hopkins Medical where he managed over 200 medical professionals and had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Bloomberg of New York. Following this he was recruited to work for EverFi, Inc. an educational technology company for which he helped open up operations in the states of Washington, Oregon and California.
Marquett is a nationally recognized speaker who has given talks at the following institutions:
Bloomberg School of Public Health – Graduation Ceremony
2013 California Financial Literacy Conference for Educators
Chapman University – Increasing Graduation/Retention Rates in the University System
Johns Hopkins Medical – Extending Your Family: Helping Baltimore's Youth
Office of the Mayor – On Reorganizing Baltimore City School District
Teach For America – Alumni Induction Ceremony
University of California, Berkeley – Incoming Student Reception
Union Baptist Church – Positioning Ourselves for Success
Over 30 High Schools – Importance of Financial Literacy
He is currently CEO and founder of SmartyPants App, Inc., a venture capital backed college retention solution that empowers students to organize study groups with three taps on their phone and get quick answers at any hour.