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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Martha Choe

Posted by Deborah Drake

"I’m really excited to see the innovation and energy these smart, passionate and motivated Fast Pitchers are going to present. I’ve always looked for ways to support young talent, especially people who want to bring all they have to offer to improve the world in some way."

“I’m really excited to see the innovation and energy these smart, passionate and motivated Fast Pitchers are going to present. I’ve always looked for ways to support young talent, especially people who want to bring all they have to offer to improve the world in some way.” ~Martha Choe

Martha Choe most recently served as the CAO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2009-2014, where she oversaw foundation operations. She was responsible for Human Resources, Security, and Global Workplace Resource and the foundation’s Grantee Engagement work, and served on the Execute Leadership Team.

Martha joined the Foundation in 2004 as the Director of the Global Libraries Program. Martha served as the Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, appointed by Governor Gary Locke in 1999, and was responsible for international trade, economic and community development.

She was elected in 1991 to two four-year terms on the Seattle City Council and chaired the Transportation & Economic Development and Finance committees. Prior to public service, Martha was a Vice President at the Bank of California, and a high school teacher in Eugene, Oregon.

Her civic engagement includes appointment by President Clinton as chair and member of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, chair of the Seattle Foundation Board, advisory board member of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve

Bank of San Francisco, and CRAFT3. At the end of 2013, Martha co-chaired Mayor Ed Murray’s transition team.

Martha is rewiring herself as she develops a portfolio that will continue her contributions in her “3rd” half.