Martha’s passion for ecological and social regeneration through market-based mechanisms leads her to RMI. Martha will be working with the Industrial team on a private sector engagement strategy, and also with the buildings team on the VBECS initiative
Martha joins RMI from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, where she earned a dual masters degree in environmental science and business administration. During her time in graduate school she focused on conservation finance, and social and eco-entrepreneurship. Prior to graduate school Martha worked for the Alliance for Climate Protection in Taos, NM. Martha is originally from El Paso, Texas, with professional experiences as varied as learning green building techniques as a construction intern from renegade ecoarchitect Mike Reynolds, working for Rio Tinto’s Sustainable Development team, field organizing in northern New Mexico, to program trading at Goldman Sachs. While at the Erb Institute Martha was a member of the first student managed impact investing fund, the Social Venture Fund. There she led the Urban Revitalization circle, building a robust Detroit deal-sourcing pipeline and leading capacity building efforts to support Detroit based social entrepreneurs. She also co-led the EcoValuation working group, which culminated in a master’s project engagement with the Natural Capital Project. Her master’s project team created a land use and hedonic pricing model predicting changes in home property values around inland lakes due to increased nutrient loading and eutrophication.
- MES/MBA in Finance, Sustainable Systems, and Conservation Ecology – University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment (Wyss Scholar), 2013
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics – Stanford University, 2002