IMG_8937Dr. Sandy Martin is a lifelong entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of change in social issues throughout her professional life. She has pioneered local and national change in the fields of education, real estate, and social enterprise development.

After beginning her career as a teacher and elementary school reading supervisor in Connecticut, Dr. Martin became an outspoken advocate for more effective teaching practices in the nation’s public schools. Subsequently she founded an educational publishing company which authored innovative instructional programs for national distribution by such leading educational publishers as Random House, Macmillan, and McGraw Hill.

Dr. Martin eventually formed her own venture capital firm, and became an aggressive investor in early stage companies, several of which became nationally successful. Early in her venture capital career, she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to his National Council of the Rights and Responsibilities of Women, and was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as “One of Thirty-Five Businesswomen with Power.”

Throughout her life, Dr. Martin has been an avid real estate investor, specializing in the purchase and rehabilitation of inner city real estate in the New York tri-state area. In doing so, she became involved in attempting to help solve some of the more pressing problems of inner city populations. Through this experience, she learned the dynamics of community revitalization, frequently acquiring blocks of inner city buildings and working to change the character of these neighborhoods.

Dr. Martin is actively involved in the movement to introduce social impact investing and Pay for Success investment models to capital markets. She is the recipient of numerous awards in the fields of education and leadership, and is an experienced radio and television commentator.

Dr. Martin graduated with Honors from Mount Holyoke College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Springfield College, a PhD in psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a JD from Quinnipiac College School of Law.

sandymartin@connecticutcenter.org
Direct Phone: 203-468-8379