Martha Snyder, SENIOR DIRECTOR
Martha Snyder is an education policy specialist with high-level experience supporting federal and state policymakers. Martha has worked with state leaders, including state legislators and higher education policy officials, to facilitate the development, grounded in research-based expertise, of performance based funding recommendations and related strategic higher education policies. She also provides policy expertise and strategic counsel on the issues of accountability, college readiness and common core implementation.
Before her tenure at HCM, Martha worked as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education, focusing on K-12 accountability, high school reform and special education. She also served as an associate director for the White House Domestic Policy Council, developing budget priorities and providing analysis and counsel on all federal education issues. Her legislative branch experience includes a stint as a legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania.
Martha earned a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.
Martha lives with her husband and four children in Albany, New York, where she has put her passion for creative educational approaches to work on the board of directors for two local charter schools. A 13-time marathon finisher, Martha is an enthusiastic runner and dedicated fan of the Buffalo Bills.