Nancy Martin

  • Education & Non-Profit

  • Hinsdale, IL

Nancy K. Martin is the Founder and CEO of Fortify, the only global organization dedicated to using a market-based approach to reduce the incidence of iron deficiency anemia (IDA), the world’s largest public health problem that affects women and children most, and is responsible for at least one million deaths each year. The concept for Fortify evolved from Ms. Martin’s independent research conducted on maternal mortality and nutrition while attending the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and where she earned an M.P.P. in 2011. She turned the results of her research into a business plan, competed in the Booth’s Social New Venture Challenge Competition, won second place, and founded Fortify in 2012. Fortify has guided Olam International, a leading producer of tomato paste distributed throughout West Africa, to develop the first-ever iron-fortified tomato mix. They anticipate the product’s release into the consumer market in Ghana in the fall of 2018. Fortify is collaborating with the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, the Africa Academy for Public Health in Tanzania, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to develop a country-by-country assessment and iron fortification strategy for East Africa, and subsequently, for S.E. Asia as well. Ms. Martin frequently presents in panels on social entrepreneurship and global health, judges in social venture competitions, and mentors start-up teams (including Hello Tractor and ReliefWatch -now SokoWatch). She was also invited to participate in the U.S. State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. Ms. Martin received an A.B. from Harvard College.