Martin holds a BS in Biology from Bates College and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. As a Peace Corps volunteer he taught middle school science and math for two years in Liberia, West Africa, and Intercultural Communication for 21 years at a non-profit educational institute in Tokyo, Japan.

From 2001 to 2004 Martin worked as the Education/Outreach coordinator for the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District. In late 2004 Martin was hired by the Thomas Jefferson SWCD in Charlottesville to conduct field work in watershed and stormwater management. He chaired a committee of representatives from UVA, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle to plan and implement education programs required by the partners' federal stormwater system permits. He also regularly gave educational presentations on conservation topics to non-profits such as the Albemarle Tree Stewards, Rivanna Master Naturalists Program, Master Gardeners, and others.
During his tenure at the TJSWCD, Martin served on the board of a non-profit that managed an historic CCC property with numerous outdoor education programs. He also served as staff for the Thomas Jefferson Water Resources Protection Foundation, a non-profit that holds easements on forested land adjacent to bodies of water for purposes of water quality protection.

Martin started to learn Tai Chi in 1998, and helped his wife, Hiromi, create an educational non-profit tai chi school in 2004. He has served on the board of the Charlottesville Tai Chi Center since its founding.

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