An indomitable figure in her local community, Martha D. Lamkin is most acclaimed for her monumental work with the Lumina Foundation for Education, where she acted as president and chief executive officer. Retired in December of 2007, she was succeeded by Jamie P. Merisotis.

During Lamkin’s 30-year career, she was executive vice president of Corporate Advancement as well as a board member of the USA Group Inc. She became the president of the Cummins Engine Company Foundation in Columbus, Indiana. There, she was also the executive director of Corporate Responsibility and Government Affairs. An attorney with a private law firm in Indianapolis, she was appointed manager for Indiana’s United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Lumina Foundation President Martha Lamkin’s project “Achieving the Dream” was featured as BNET’s cover story. She writes on how this project achieved a greater impact through strategic partnerships.

Martha Lamkin has been a stalwart supporter of reputable candidates who placed education on their priority list.

Among her many due recognitions is being Martha Lamkin named one of Indiana’s Trailblazing Women in 2001. In 1982 she became the first woman Indiana area director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Martha Lamkin holds a seat in the Annual Meetings of the national organization Philanthropy Roundtable.

The NAICU tapped Lumina Foundation President and CEO Martha Lamkin for her expertise in leading a definitive report on “Unequal Opportunity: Disparities of College Access Among the 50 States.”

Martha D. Lamkin is a quite an in-demand resource speaker. In 2005 Lamkin was the keynote presenter in The Council of Independent Colleges to tackle questions such as “What do Foundations expect from colleges?”

The Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting participant Martha Lamkin is a distinguished panelist of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Touchstone Awards Honorees hall of fame welcomed Martha Lamkin in 2008 when she was inducted by the Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis.

Upon her retirement in 2007, much has been said of her effective leadership since the day Lumina Foundation President and CEO Martha Lamkin took on the mantle. Philanthropy News Digest evaluates Lamkin’s contribution over the years.

After retirement, Martha D. Lamkin made a YouTube video farewell message that speaks of a legacy of excellence.