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Nancy Martin draws on more than 25 years of experience in education, workforce development, and system planning to help organizations and communities document, perfect, and share their efforts to improve young people’s lives. Her specialties include building organizational and system capacity, facilitating learning across communities, and advising on education and career pathway design.

Nancy harnesses her national expertise and works with a wide range of clients to tackle projects such as action planning for a community coalition focused on youth employment, creating a baseline report to the community for a cradle-to-career initiative, documenting the action planning of a network of healthcare systems, reporting on best practices in education for a state department of education, and authoring briefs on best practices in youth programming across a network of community collaboratives.

Previously, Nancy was director of capacity building initiatives at the National Youth Employment Coalition, where she oversaw NYEC’s education and PEPNet quality standard initiatives to expand high-quality programming for youth. In addition, Nancy has worked with the American Youth Policy Forum, taught high school in the Boston Public Schools, and worked with the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, where she directed union involvement in the D.C. School-to-Work initiative.

M.A. (Sociology) | Brandeis University
B.A. (Sociology and Women’s Studies) | Oberlin College

Past Experience
Director of Capacity Building Initiatives | National Youth Employment Coalition
Senior Program Associate | American Youth Policy Forum
School-to-Careers Program Coordinator | Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
Teacher, grades 9-12, Brighton High School | Boston Public Schools

How has education changed your life/your family?
My family places a high value on education, both formal and informal. I started my professional career as an educator, and I still have a passion for facilitating learning in all the work I do. Whether coaching a community collaborative, promoting cross-site learning, or documenting best practices, I love helping organizations to improve their work with young people.

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