Martha’s passion for ecological and social regeneration through market-based mechanisms led her to RMI. Martha joined RMI in July 2013 and has actively participated in the development of RMI’s new Communities Practice. She was intimately involved in developing the practice’s internal strategy while simultaneously working with the City of Fort Collins on its various efforts to accelerate its green house gas emissions reduction goals. She is also part of the team supporting the City of Chicago in becoming a break away leader in building energy efficiency. Martha continues to focus on sustainable finance as it relates to the new business models necessary for program implementation of such community efforts.
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 eco architect Mike Reynolds, working for Rio Tinto’s Sustainable Development team, field organizing in northern New Mexico, to program trading in the Equities division of 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