Elaine Martyn’s position as Vice President of Development represents the intersection of her personal and professional passions: a commitment to women’s empowerment through high-level, dynamic fundraising. Ms. Martyn has lead efforts to build the philanthropic community in the UK, US and Asia. Her career has centered on the advancement of human rights through medical education, social justice, diversity policy, and advocacy using fundraising and political action. Elaine brings her experiences at Refugees International, King’s College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to the Global Fund for Women to work with philanthropists who are committed to growing our impact.
Prior to joining Global Fund, she lead the development team at Refugees International in Washington DC. From 2005-2008, she influenced the strategic vision behind King’s College London’s capital campaign, personally raising over $40 million towards medical research and healthcare projects in the UK, Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and the U.S. She served as Head of Research Grants and Trusts at the British Medical Association and managed the work of a 20-member Board of Medical Education, crafting policy on patient rights and medical education. Ms. Martyn worked on marketing, communications, and donor stewardship initiatives at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the National Writing Project, and the International Institute. She has published on equal opportunities, mentorship, and management.
Ms. Martyn double majored in Medical Studies and English Literature and Communications at Gannon University, and has a Master’s degree in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women’s Foreign Policy Group and Women in Development, and an active supporter of Planned Parenthood. Her lifelong support of women’s rights, immigrant communities, and fundraising the developing world stems from her upbringing as a Sri-Lankan American and was inspired by her grandmothers who were passionate about philanthropy and education. When she’s not putting the fun in fundraising, Elaine enjoys reading 19th century novels and cheering for the New England Patriots.