Martha M. Boden
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Upon completion of a degree in classical languages at Macalester College in 1987, Martha Boden started her career in Minneapolis as a field systems analyst working with mainframe computer printers. Over the next decade, she developed skills in product and project management as an employee of large corporations, including American Express and Honeywell, and small software start-up firms. In 1999, Martha became a project management consultant in the healthcare and financial services industries. She managed project budgets ranging from $500,000 to over $10 million.
Throughout her professional career, Martha found ways to leverage her business knowledge in the support of animal welfare. After several years of volunteering with animal welfare groups, Martha brought her volunteer and professional lives together when she accepted an offer to become CEO of the Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI) in October of 2002. An open-admission shelter, HSI provided intake, adoption and veterinary services to over 12,000 animals in need each year with a budget of $3 million.
During her six years at HSI, Martha engaged the organization in addressing a number of systemic challenges. Sound business practices were immediately put into place that allowed the staff to set goals and measure progress against them. Contributions grew annually as did the number of donors and repeat gifts. A massive budget deficit was substantially reduced during Martha’s leadership, even as the national economic picture grew bleaker.
In the spring of 2008, Martha led the organization through a complex transition to a new animal intake model with very positive results even as economic realities forced a 30% reduction in staffing and the restructuring of senior management.
After leaving HSI, Martha provided consulting services to animal-related businesses and non-profits. Moving back into the corporate environment in 2009, Martha established a project management office within the infrastructure outsourcing division of the global consulting firm Accenture. Her worldwide team successfully managed 60 information technology projects with a combined budget totaling more than $5 million.
An opportunity in Largo, Florida, led Martha back to the non-profit arena. She joined SPCA Tampa Bay as its CEO in July of 2011. The organization employs 60 people to care for 10,000 animals and investigate hundreds of cruelty cases annually. Since her arrival, Martha has implemented a number of program and facility enhancements to improve the agency’s service to the community. In early 2013, she announced a comprehensive series of collaborative initiatives designed to reduce pet homelessness, including the establishment of both a high-volume spay/neuter clinic and a general practice veterinary clinic.