Martha Newell

“One of the root causes of much of the dysfunction in our world today is the power of giant corporations,” says Martha. “Once one understands that, it is difficult not to act on it.”

Martha has been acting on that understanding since her teenage years, when she picketed with the United Farm Workers. Since then, she has been involved in the movements to end nuclear power, secure reproductive justice and women’s rights, and further fair trade. She was part of the Nestlé boycott in the 1970s and 80s, and she became a member of Corporate Accountability in 2014.

Martha brings extensive experience as a nonprofit board member and fundraiser to Corporate Accountability’s board. As the director of the nonprofit Garden City Harvest, she led two successful capital campaigns, contributing to its growth into one of the leading organizations in her hometown of Missoula, Montana. She is the former president of the Missoula International School and serves on the boards of the Conscious Connections Foundation—which supports education, rural health care, and post-earthquake rebuilding in Nepal—and the Missoula Federal Credit Union. She is also an avid ice hockey player.

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