board member

Marti Estell

Senior Foreign Service Officer (ret), U.S. Department of State

Marti completed twenty-nine years as a career Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, rising to the ranks of the Senior Foreign Service.  While overseas, she served as the Public Affairs Officer in San Salvador and Quito; Cultural Affairs Officer in Madrid and the Embassy Spokesperson in Tegucigalpa. She began her diplomatic career in Malaysia and Indonesia.  Marti’s domestic assignments included as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Diplomacy Center (now the National Museum of American Diplomacy), the Division Chief for Recruitment in the Bureau of Human Resources and the Director of the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.   

Throughout her diplomatic career, Marti led teams responsible for creating and carrying out public diplomacy programs in support of foreign policy objectives, such as media events, cultural programming and academic/professional and student exchanges.  She returned to the Department of State in 2019 as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program.   

Marti earned a BA in Political Science and French from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a MA in Western European Politics from the University of Essex (UK).