Martha earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and is currently Director and Secretary for the Sea Women of Melanesia Inc, a Papua New Guinea registered not-for-profit organization that trains and empowers young Melanesian women with marine science skills and knowledge so that they can advocate and establish locally managed marine protected areas (LMMA) within their respective communities. She has worked on sea turtle conservation specifically green and hawksbill sea turtle with the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative as well as Manta Ray research in a collaborative project with the Manta Trust. Martha is an Alumni (Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program) of the Middlebury Institute in Monterey California. Martha is a participant of the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which brings together young civic society change-makers from over 100 countries for a three-month practicum with a US-based host organization to facilitate intercultural knowledge sharing about civil society issues.
Martha will be engaged with the Marine conservation Institute working from our Seattle office. She is passionate about marine conservation, advocating for the creation of marine protected areas in Papua New Guinea as well as addressing women and gender issues. During her free time she enjoys wildlife photography, hiking and scuba diving.