Martha Saldinger

Director, Education & Empowerment

Martha Saldinger is the Director of the Education & Empowerment unit in Winrock’s Civil Society & Education group, overseeing a portfolio that includes programs in education, women’s empowerment, economic empowerment and youth empowerment. She has extensive experience in development and relief settings developing, managing, monitoring and evaluating a wide range of programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Saldinger has helped develop and manage the South Sudan education portfolio, and was the lead writer on Room to Learn South Sudan. For seven years she was the regional director of the Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program, a multi-country educational support program targeting orphans and vulnerable children that addressed the gender gap in education in Southern Africa. Before joining Winrock, she worked as a consultant in gender-based violence in refugee and conflict settings and directed country programs in Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire for refugee agencies. She previously directed fundraising for a U.S.-based organization of health professionals and for many years worked with another U.S.-based NGO to mobilize health professionals to teach and train their colleagues in the post-conflict countries of Mozambique, Uganda and Vietnam. She has a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, and speaks French and Sierra Leonean Krio.

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