Mamma Jamma Ride Announces New Executive Director

Marion Martin named new director for the Mamma Jamma Ride.
Marion Martin New Director

Mamma Jamma Ride Announces New Executive Director

The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Marion Martin, a long-time nonprofit veteran and former Director of Major Gifts for Goodwill Central Texas, as the ride’s new executive director. She succeeds Hope Smith, who has moved to Seattle to pursue new opportunities.

“We could not be happier to have Marion come aboard and give our ride the benefit of her wide leadership experience,” said Jenny Douglas, president of the ride’s board of directors. “She brings vast experience, particularly in the area of fundraising. We expect that she will build on an event that has had great success – raising more than $2.6 million since 2009 for organizations that help save and improve the lives of those facing breast cancer.”

“I’m privileged to be named to this position and to serve an organization that has meant so much to the cancer community here in Austin and Central Texas,” Martin, a two-time breast cancer survivor, said of her appointment. “As a survivor, a big part of my story is Mamma Jamma. I learned to ride my bike through the Mamma Jamma training ride program and have done three rides. So, I very much look forward to working with the board to build on one of the area’s most fun and rewarding events.”

At Goodwill, Martin worked as director of development, collaborating with that group’s board and chief executive to raise more than $1.5 million annually. She later managed and executed a Major Gifts program that focused on current, prospective and new donors, creating and directing the organization’s “Good Works Society,” growing the membership of an elite donors group by 45 percent in a single year.

An assignment at the City of Austin’s Housing Authority, where she was interim grants manager, followed nearly four years as the Director of Financial Development with the YMCA of Austin. There, Martin doubled the campaign volunteer base in two years to 400, generating a 50-percent increase in direct fundraising. Martin’s leadership helped the Y surpass its annual campaign goal by more than 2 percent during her last two years there, despite the ongoing economic downturn.

Martin came to Austin from New Orleans, where from 2002 to 2006, she served as the executive director of the Touro Infirmary Foundation, a charitable organization benefiting the only not-for-profit, faith-based, full-service community hospital in the city. There, she planned and directed a comprehensive fundraising program to support the hospital, and managed disaster relief post-Hurricane Katrina, including patient evacuation of more than 350 beds during the hospital’s closing. Martin established a post-Katrina fundraising operation offsite, generating more than $1.2 million within 90 days after the storm. She raised $1.5 million in 2006, achieving pre-Katrina goals despite a drastically reduced donor base.

For 11 years, Martin was with Tulane University in New Orleans, first as the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, where she was a member of a five-year, $100-million capital campaign team that exceeded its goal, drawing more 25 percent of its donations from its corporation and foundation relations unit. She later served as Development Director for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, being the first there to lead a dedicated fundraising effort that exceeded the school’s goal of raising more than $2 million annually.

Martin joined the Texas Mamma Jamma board last year. Among many other local activities, she is a member of Leadership Austin Essential Class 2009 and served as board member, as well as former president and board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Austin.

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