Molly G. Martin is the director of New America Indianapolis—a hub launched in 2017 to focus on the innovative grassroots solutions Hoosiers are developing to make the Circle City more livable, resilient, and equitable.
Prior to joining New America, Martin spent ten years at Lumina Foundation—the nation's largest private foundation focused exclusively on postsecondary education. While at Lumina she led several functions: the Office of the President, organizational learning, grants management, annual planning, culture and development, effective philanthropic practice, and internal communications. Her programmatic work included developing low-cost, public solutions for returning adult students and building philanthropic capacity to partner with vulnerable communities. She was also a core member of the Foundation's impact investing and Silicon Valley engagement teams.
Before joining the philanthropic sector, Martin worked in student and academic affairs at Butler University and Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, directed marketing for a healthcare start-up in her native West Virginia, and worked for the WV Consolidated Public Retirement Board.
A long-time freelance writer and humorist, Martin spent 15 years writing for alternative newspapers and pop culture, parenting, and style blogs. She was honored by the Indiana Society for Professional Journalists for outstanding medical and science reporting and, in 2009, launched Lumina Foundation's Twitter feed. Under her stewardship, the Lumina feed was named to a CBS Moneywatch list of top higher education handles to follow.
Martin has served on several volunteer advisory committees and boards in Indianapolis. Her community engagement focuses on youth development, domestic violence, reproductive health, and public media.