Meet Martha

Martha Barry, Chief Racial Justice Officer

Martha Barry is a white woman deeply committed to ending racism. She is a racial justice trainer, connector, bridge builder, and dedicated leader. Her social justice journey in California and Wisconsin eventually led her to 15 years of work in a corporate HR department as trainer, leadership developer and coach. Her 11 years with the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin have allowed her to hone her pursuit of racial justice by building community, creating curriculum addressing racism, and advising nonprofit and business leaders on next steps in their racial equity efforts. Her path has required empathy and patience with people on the journey to eliminating racism. A strong advocate and facilitator, Dr. Barry has influenced many leaders in nonprofits, businesses, governmental and interpersonal roles to address the impact, roots and manifestations of racism. Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action is an opportunity to educate our communities about racism and individual and institutional roles in addressing it. Dr. Barry has her B.S. from Edgewood College, M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. from Cardinal Stritch University.