Tory Martin, M.A.

Director of Communications and Engagement

Philanthropy has room — and a real need — for people with all kinds of passions and skillsets. Whether your strengths are in research, storytelling, making connections, or anything else, there’s a place for you here, and a change you can make.” – Tory Martin

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Tory is available to speak on using compelling stories and digital communications tools to drive more audiences and partners to your organization. Topics also include trends in philanthropy and emerging workplace practices.


Tory Martin joined the Johnson Center as director of communications and engagement in October 2017. In this role, she is responsible for steering the Johnson Center’s messaging and brand expression and oversees efforts to connect our work and mission with a growing community of philanthropists and nonprofit professionals. Key responsibilities include overseeing the Johnson Center’s signature 11 Trends in Philanthropy annual report, stewarding relationships with partners, and managing the Johnson Center’s recent website redesign.

Previously, Tory served as grants manager for National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. Before that, she spent several years with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where she served as project manager for the bi-coastal What it Means to Be American program and the first-ever History Film Forum.

Tory currently serves as a tri-chair for the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Michigan Steering Committee, and as membership committee co-chair on the board of the Progressive Women’s Alliance. She holds a Master of Arts in liberal studies (concentration: American Studies) from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and history from the University of Virginia.

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Tue October 5
Noting the surprising lack of attention from the philanthropic sector to the student debt crisis, Tory Martin calls for action to help millions of families burdened by student loan debt recover their capacity for education-driven wealth generation.
Thu July 29
Our communities are facing a crisis of trust, one both deeply rooted in our national history and increasingly disruptive in our daily lives. Research suggests the nonprofit sector is well positioned to help rebuild the public’s trust in each other, and reinforce the public’s trust in philanthropy.
Tue June 15
When funders support their nonprofit partners’ ability to raise flexible, independent dollars, those nonprofits are better positioned to meet crises and opportunities quickly, creatively, and strategically.