Martha King serves as the Vice President of Programs and Projects for the Farm Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to building trust and understanding at the intersections of agriculture and society and accelerating practical solutions for agriculture through multi-stakeholder collaboration, information and training, and objective dialogue. In this role, King provides development and operational responsibility for Farm Foundation’s key program areas in farmer health, market development and access, conservation, and digital agriculture.
After her father’s unexpected death over 10 years ago, King became co-owner and Secretary of Finbery, Inc., her family’s corn and soybean operation in central Illinois. Along with her mother, King maintains an active role in the farm’s management.
Prior to joining Farm Foundation, King was the Assistant Dean and Executive Director for Academic Affairs at the University of Chicago where she led faculty recruitment, appointment, and promotion efforts for the Pritzker School of Medicine and the wider Biological Sciences Division. Previously, she served as the Assistant Provost for Faculty Administration at Loyola University Chicago and in several leadership roles at Saint Louis University, where she also taught German and philosophy. King also has an extensive background in academic publishing, having worked as an editor and indexer at Purdue University Press and for multiple journals as well as independently for academic authors.
King holds an MBA with a focus on information systems management from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University, and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and German from Purdue University. She resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and 4 children.