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Martha Snyder


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.

I am passionate in my belief that the greatest opportunity for betterment in a person’s life comes from the ability to learn a profession and acquire advanced skills.  At times we can forget that education exists for the benefit of the student, not the institution.  And challenging the status quo is an uphill battle where the steps forward can seem small. But I believe that every success we have in making education more accessible and degrees more attainable brings people, regardless of background, one step closer to an opportunity for a better future.