Dawn M. Martin serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer for Ceres. In this capacity, she oversees the leadership and management of Ceres’ campaigns and initiatives, innovation and evaluation department, as well as the Company, Investor, and Policy Networks. Dawn joined Ceres as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015. In that role, she led Ceres’ programs and communication teams, while also overseeing the development of the organization’s five-year Strategic Plan focused on integration, alignment, and collaboration to enhance organizational performance and impact during a period of rapid growth.
With 30 years of experience working for social change, Dawn has led numerous initiatives within government, boardrooms and non-profits that have leveraged the market’s influence to create strong corporate policies and practices on environmental, social, human rights and governance issues. She also brings extensive expertise in strategic communications, behavioral sciences and non-profit management to bear on her work with Ceres.
Prior to joining Ceres, Dawn was the President & CEO of SeaWeb, a strategic communications non-profit focused on ocean conservation; the COO for Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation; and the political director for American Oceans Campaign, founded by actor and environmentalist Ted Danson.
Dawn held several leadership positions within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton-Gore Administration, most recently serving as Associate Deputy Administrator. During her tenure she was recognized with numerous awards for outstanding accomplishment and extraordinary dedication and teamwork, including efforts to develop and coordinate implementation of the Administration’s Clean Water Action Plan to improve the quality of our nation’s waterways; restructuring of the Agencies work on climate change; implementation of the Administration’s Plan for the environmentally sound dredging of US harbors; and an innovative, multi-stakeholder settlement agreement resolving technically and politically complex challenges to regulatory permitting and enforcement issues.
Dawn is a member of the Board of Directors for The Ocean Foundation and SeaWeb, is an Emeritus Trustee for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and serves on several other advisory and editorial boards. She received her law degree with an emphasis on international human rights and humanitarian law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She has also earned certificates from the Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, as well as the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.