Wednesday, July 1, 2015



Kathryn Hobbs
Washington State PTA
(253) 214-7410


Tacoma, WA (July 1, 2015): Barbara Martin, of Sammamish, was recently installed as the Washington State PTA’s 42nd State President for a two year term, which began June 1, 2015. The election took place during the Washington State PTA’s 103rd annual convention, held in Bellevue in April.

“With strong leadership and an engaged membership, we can and must ensure that Washington State PTA remains relevant as the state’s premier child advocacy association”, said Martin. “Let us work together to continue to be courageous and to work most effectively to benefit all children.”

A fifteen year PTA member, Martin began her PTA career in Redmond with leadership roles at Rockwell Elementary, Redmond Junior High, Redmond High School, and is a founding member of the Rachel Carson Elementary PTSA in Sammamish. She served as Co-President of Lake Washington PTSA Council, the second largest council in the state, with over 15,000 members. At the state PTA level, she served as Secretary, chaired the Strategic Plan Committee, and recently ended her two year term as Washington State PTA Vice President.

The association’s whole child philosophy pertaining to its mission of advocating for the well-being and education of every child is Martin’s passion and she considers PTA leadership “a calling”.  Martin states, “Fiscal responsibility will always be a priority, as the need to be ever mindful of our members’ investment is paramount to the health of our association.”

Outside PTA, Martin was Director of Marketing for Windstar Cruises and currently runs a small marketing consulting firm. Additionally, she volunteered for Youth Eastside Services and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, where she and her husband, Scott, are members of the Founders Circle. Martin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has lived in western Washington since 1989. She has two children, and enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and ballroom dancing.

About Washington State PTA: The Washington State PTA was founded in 1905 by Abby Williams Hill of Tacoma, an artist who saw the need for an organization to support Washington's children. Thanks to her leadership and vision—and over 132,000 current members who have carried her vision forward—Washington State PTA has been a leading voice for children in Washington for more than 106 years. To learn more about the Washington State PTA, please visit

1304 S. Fawcett Avenue, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 214-7410


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