Michelle Martin joins The Ford Family Foundation as field coordinator in Coos and Douglas counties

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Roseburg, Oregon: Michelle Martin joined The Ford Family Foundation as a field coordinator for the Ford Institute for Community Building. She began work on June 28, 2021. In her position, Martin will connect residents of Coos and Douglas counties with the Foundation’s work and will also be a part of the community economic development team focusing on entrepreneurship supports and family financial stability.  

Martin comes to the Foundation from NeighborWorks Umpqua where she was instrumental in developing programs that support low-income families’ financial success. Michelle holds extensive experience in rural community economic development. She previously worked for and now serves on the board for South Coast Business Council and South Coast Development Council. She formerly owned her own small business.

“Michelle brings a rare combination of experience in both rural community building and economic development,” president Anne Kubisch shared. "We’re excited to add her unique and valuable perspective to our team.”

Resident-led community building within the context of economic development makes sure that local economies are responsive to community assets, needs and hopes.

“Michelle is an engaged rural resident,” Max Gimbel, associate director for the Ford Institute for Community Building said. “Because of this, she is in a great position to work with and support Douglas and Coos counties with her skill, passion and knowledge." She will be splitting her time between her home in Coos Bay and Douglas County.

Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a focus in Business Management from Oregon State University. She completed her degree in 2018 after transferring with her associate’s degree from Southwestern Oregon Community College. She is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program and formerly a member of the Community Ambassador Team for the Bay Area cohort. Her daughter is a Ford Scholar, Class of 2006.

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