Team Member

Phil Martin

Phil Martin

Assistant Director of Higher Education Communications

As part of the Communications team, Phil Martin works directly with the policy, research, and practice teams to inform decision-makers and the broader public about the importance of equity in higher education, and to encourage them to take action.

Before joining Ed Trust, Phil served as a two-term Obama Administration official at the U.S. Department of Education in policy, outreach, and operations roles. He also led the education technology marketplace initiative for Digital Promise; advised students and created new programs at Princeton University’s Pace Center for civic engagement; managed field operations for the Obama Campaign in the 2008 presidential election in east Akron, Ohio; coordinated education and arts outreach for the United We Serve initiative; and taught high school classes as a substitute teacher in New Jersey.

As a freelance consultant, Phil has conducted market research, produced digital content, and advised senior leadership at Campus Compact, the CO Department of Higher Education, and iCivics.

Phil served two terms of national service in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in the western region. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and a Global MBA in Entrepreneurship from Edhec Business School in Nice, France. Currently, he is studying Spanish.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Spending time with my adventurous, kind-hearted, hilarious niece, Naya, in New Jersey. Every time she asks me to sit next to her in the back seat so we can “play the Spanish game” – DuoLingo, the app with the little green owl – I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

What drew you to education?

I used to think being a good person meant making as much money as possible and taking care of my family. Everything else was someone else’s problem. It wasn’t until our family was deeply affected by a public tragedy that I realized all people are connected, that we can’t just hide in our bubbles and take care of our own. I went from working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to leading an AmeriCorps team. I discovered that I believe deeply in the power of ordinary people working across difference to co-create a more just world, and in the vital importance of education in cultivating our interests and talents so we can do it. For me, education work is justice work, democracy work.