Marcia is an ardent supporter of students that learn differently. Her interest in this field stems from her own education, in which learning differences were ignored, and also from the needs of her children. Marcia has been a long time champion of initiatives around the country addressing the needs of students with learning and attention difficulties. It was Marcia’s vision of world-class academic supports for students that learn differently at the college level that inspired the Kortschaks to partner with USC and launch the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity. She resides in Palo Alto, California with her husband, Walter, and two children, Andrew and Sarah. Marcia has been an active philanthropist and volunteer for a number of not-for-profit initiatives.
Prior to relocating to California in 1986, Marcia managed an adventure sports company in British Columbia, Canada, an experience to which she credits her pragmatic and spontaneous approach to life.
She received a B.A. degree in Sociology and minor in Anthropology from SUNY Cortland.