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Kathryn Parker Martin

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Kathryn Parker Martin, of Reston, Virginia, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech in 1975, and then went on to earn a master of business administration with a specialty in finance while working for United Virginia Bankshares. Rather than taking an actuarial consultant position as planned, Martin pursued a job with a niche insurance agency in Tysons, Virginia, specializing in insurance programs for members of trade and professional associations backed by Lloyd’s of London and worked her way up to managing partner. 

Following the sale of that business, she has been an active leader in her community, taking on various volunteer projects for Fairfax County government including: registered wildlife steward; Reston redevelopment task force; Reston transportation committee chair during planning for Metrorail to Dulles airport; and transportation advisory committee chair for Hunter Mill magisterial district in Fairfax county. Martin is currently employed by Fairfax County Office of Elections as an election administrator and special project facilitator.

A dedicated alumna, Martin is a long-time member of the College of Science Dean’s Roundtable Advisory Board, where she currently serves as chair. She began her service to Virginia Tech as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Roundtable. Inspired by the vision for the College of Science, Martin chose to continue serving the college when the university restructured back in 2003. In addition, she volunteers for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions each year as an essay reader in the application review process and has been recognized by admissions as one of the top readers. She and her husband are members of Virginia Tech’s Legacy Society and Pylon Society.