Martha Ann Madden
Name: Martha Ann Madden
Place of Employment: mMadden Associates, LLC
Job Title: CEO
Education: Mathematics, Southern Methodist University
M.A. Education, Southern Methodist University
Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters, Northwestern State University (Louisiana)
Martha A. Madden is President of mMadden Associates, LLC for six years, an executive consultant firm with offices in Washington, DC New Orleans, Louisiana. Her areas of expertise include: environmental management, energy, health, education, and development. She was Corporate Vice President of Business Development for multi-billion dollar firms throughout the country. Madden has been Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy and is the former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. She was formally on faculty at Tulane University Medical Center's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as Clinical Associate Professor. Madden is a Charter member of the National Center of Minority Health & Health Disparities (NCMHD) Society of Fellows and Scholars at NIH. In addition to her 20 years of experience in the environmental field, she served on two Homeland Security Task Forces at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, combating chemical, biological and radiological terrorism and cyber threats. Louisiana inducted Madden into the Hall of Fame at the Lousiana Center for Women and Government.
What is the greatest challenge you’ve encountered during your career in STEM?
Teaching Math in Junior High School in Dallas Independent School District.
What do you think is the most exciting thing about having a career in STEM?
The many different doors it opens especially in math and science.
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is considering doing a Silver or Gold Award based on STEM or pursuing a career in STEM, what would that be?
Realize all the possibilities in the career opportunities in the field and the one that will satisfy your passion and your interest.
Did you have STEM mentors?
Yes, the Director of Math in the Dallas Independent School District. He guided my Master's thesis. My thesis research was used in a Mathematics book.
If you were a Girl Scout, what is your favorite Girl Scout memory?
The fun patches you could earn from doing so many wonderful activities; not boring but fun; going on camping trips overnight and cooking out.
If you were a Girl Scout, did Girl Scouting have an impact on your decision to pursue a career in STEM?
Not directly but helped shape my leadership skills.