Marsha A. Martin has a Doctorate in Social Work, has been a tenured professor, government official and community advocate with more than 30 years of public health and community health and support service delivery in homelessness, HIV and community mobilization experience at national and local levels. Dr. Martin served as one of ten delegates to the Program Coordinating Board of the United Nations HIV/AIDS Program in 2017-2018. Dr. Martin currently serves as a member of the UNAIDS Advisory Group, in service of the Office of the Executive Director. She served as Director of the US based Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) from 2011-2016 where she launched the National HIV Testing Week-US.
She is co-founder and coordinating Director of the Global Network of Black People working in HIV (GNBPH), a global association designed to strategically engage Black people across the African Diaspora in the development of culturally relevant solution oriented frameworks for addressing HIV. Dr. Martin serves on the International Steering & Planning Committee of the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa, ICASA, in partnership with the Society for AIDS in Africa, SAA. Dr. Martin is a consultant to the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, and Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.
Dr. Martin served on the Advisory Board of the University of California HIV Research Program (CHRP), 2011-2017, serving as chair, 2016-2017. Dr. Martin currently serves as the Community Convener of Oakland’s Fast Track Cities Initiative (FTCI) and continues to support expanded testing through consultancies with several US cities and encouraging coordination of large scale public health HIV screening programs as the first component of ending the epidemic intiatives.
Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of AIDS Action from 2002 to 2006, the oldest HIV advocacy organization in the US. From 1997 to 2001, Marsha was the special assistant on HIV/AIDS policy to Secretary Donna Shalala at the US Department of Health and Human Services.