After a nationwide search, Collins was determined to be the Board’s unanimous choice from a large pool of highly qualified candidates. Collins replaces Jeff Martinka who retired earlier this year after leading the 76+ year old agency for nearly eight years.
An experienced nonprofit leader, Collins has dedicated her career to work with social and human service organizations. Most recently, she served as the Director of Advocacy and Outreach for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, the largest hunger-relief organization in the state. There, she addressed food insecurity and increased access to healthy, nutritious food by managing a modern, community-based, outreach program for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program better known as SNAP.
Ms. Collins is a passionate servant leader who serves on several local and national nonprofit boards. In 2017, Mayor Tom Barrett appointed her to serve on the Equal Rights Commission with the City of Milwaukee to advance accessibility, racial and gender-based equity and inclusion for all residents. Previously, she served for three years on the City of Milwaukee Ethics Board. Martha is one of the founding Board of Directors with the Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin, a local group aimed at helping nonprofits deliver their missions better.
Collins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University, a Graduate Certificate from Marlboro College Center for New Leadership and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in
Business Administration from Alverno College in Organizational Leadership Development. Ms. Collins is also a Milwaukee Public Schools’ graduate from George Washington High School.
She is also a long-time resident of the Milwaukee area and the proud mother of two sons: Sean and Seth.