Marina Martin is a business efficiency consultant, CEO of business efficiency consulting firm The Type-A Way, and author of "Business Efficiency for Dummies." She is currently serving as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the US Department of Education.
Described by US CTO Todd Park as one of "the baddest of the badass innovators," Marina is a change management specialist with a particular savvy for helping low-tech businesses adopt new technologies to save time/money and increase productivity. On any given day you can find Marina in Washington DC, Seattle, or San Francisco.
Can I interview you?
Since I'm currently a federal government employee, all requests have to be routed through official channels before I can talk to you. Please email me and I will connect you. (I do not respond to "wink wink, nudge nudge" emails requesting off-the-record interviews.)
Who inspires you?
My list is quite eclectic, but then, that's me. I've always had a deep respect for Adam Carolla, for instead of succumbing to his lackluster childhood and blaming his parents for a crappy life, he worked his ass off for decades and literally built an empire without ever selling out. Huge fan.
Then there are my two favorite economists, Russell Roberts and Mike Munger, for bringing such thoughtful and consistent energy to perspectives that are too-often overlooked.
Reginald and Catherine Hamlin gave up their lives to found a fistula clinic in Ethiopia. Whenever I got grumpy being away from my nieces and nephews for six months to work in an air-conditioned office in DC, I reminded myself that this couple gave up far more, for far longer, under incredibly difficult conditions. Even though her husband passed away, Catherine continues to work in Africa to this day.
How can I become an efficiency consultant?
Being an efficiency consultant means being able to constantly solve unexpected new problems and challenges. If you have to ask how to be one, you probably shouldn't be one. No degree or certification can match real-world experience in this area.
The Education Data InitiativeGovernment Big Data Symposium in Alexandria, VA
"How APIs Can Unlock Educational Data and Enhance Student Learning"API Strategy Conference in New York, NY
Participating in a panel discussion moderated by Audrey Watters of Inside Higher Ed.
National Perspective ConversationSIF Annual Conference in Washington, DC
Gave updates on the US Department of Education's activities, alongside Jack Buckley and Ross Santy.
"Breaking Down State Data Silos"Data Quality Campaign in Washington, DC
Startup Weekend EDUSeattle, WA
"USED Initiatives in Big Education Data"EIMACS Conference in Washington, DC
"The MyData Initiative"Education Datapalooza at The White House
White House Innovation Swing TourVarious Locations in Cincinnati, OH
White House Innovation Swing TourVarious Locations in Louisville, KY
White House Innovation Swing TourVarious Locations in Raleigh, NC
Learning Registry HackathonDominion Enterprises in Norfolk, VA
"People to Watch: Marina Martin"AOL Government
"White House Launches Presidential Innovation Fellows Program"WhiteHouse.gov
"CIOs Play a Big Role in Technology Startups"Public CIO Magazine
"The Pen Is Mightier Than The Phone: A Case For Writing Things Out"Fast Company
"Screen Team"Air Tran Magazine
"How to Manage Information Overload"Startpad Countdown Series in Seattle, WA
- Work Phone (Dept of ED): 202.453.6511
- Work Mobile (Dept of ED): 202.841.9956
- Work Email (Dept of ED): email@example.com
- Personal Email: me -at- marinamartin -dot- com