Martha currently is In-House Counsel for Pan-American Life Insurance Group. Originally from Nicaragua moved to New Orleans 42 years ago. Martha earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua and a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Paralegal Studies at Tulane University. Martha holds a great many professional designations and is a current member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, and Louisiana Notary Association.
Martha volunteers for numerous charitable organizations and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of OnPath Federal Credit Union, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, and President of the Latin American Civic Association of Louisiana (LACAL). She is also a member of the AARP Diversity Advisory Council of Louisiana and is a legal advisor to the Asociación Nicaragüense de Louisiana (ANDELA).
Martha formerly served as Chair of the Latino Commission, a group commissioned by the Office of the Governor of Louisiana tasked with identifying obstacles to the effective delivery of governmental services to the Latin American population in the State of Louisiana. She also served as President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana (2006 – 2012) and President of the Nicaragua Relief Fund.
Martha was a recipient of the 2019 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, presented by the NFL Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nationwide, and of the 2008 Community and Political Achievement Award, presented by the Louisiana Credit Union League for outstanding and dedicated service to the Credit Union Movement. Martha was chosen as an honoree for the 2010 CityBusiness Women of the Year.