Focus Areas: Adolescent Health
Martin began working with Eckerd Connects in July 2008 when the organization took over as the private operator of the foster care system in Pasco and Pinellas Counties, the metro Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, area. He has since held progressively senior roles, including placement of children in the foster care system, utilization management, facilities and procurement, contract management, external relations, and government affairs. Martin currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO; in this role, he coordinates alignment between internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that the vision of the Chief Executive Officer and the organization are carried out. Martin is also responsible for all government affairs, public and community relations, marketing, and web content for the organization.
Eckerd Connects was founded in 1968 by philanthropists Jack and Ruth Eckerd of Eckerd Drug Stores, with the vision of providing programming that allowed every child, young adult, and family the opportunity to succeed. Based in Florida, Eckerd Connects will serve over 40,000 clients in 2020 on revenues of nearly $329M, with 2,200 employees spread across 20 states. The organization focuses on four primary services: child welfare, juvenile justice, workforce development, and the operation of Jobs Corps centers. The team believes that in order to best serve clients, Eckerd Connects must excel in five business domains: finance, growth and transformation, quality, staff and human resources, and external relations. Every decision the organization makes for clients is guided through those five lenses with the goal of creating a multidisciplinary approach towards impacting clients.