Marty is a Senior Program Associate of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. As part of the program’s Project Play initiative, Marty manages the Project Play 2024 roundtable of leading organizations working collectively to increase youth sports participation. Marty managed the 2019 and 2020 Project Play Summits, the nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, sports and health, and supports Project Play’s work in Southeast Michigan, Western New York, and Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes, in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and regional community foundations. His work builds off the 2017 State of Play reports in those regions, the program’s groundbreaking first studies of how a discrete region serves its kids through sport, on which he served as a researcher and contributor.
Marty holds a B.A. in comparative cultures & politics and international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, as well as a master’s degree in Sports Management from the George Washington University. He joined The Aspen Institute full-time in March 2018 as program assistant. He has also served as a project assistant to the International Olympic Committee at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, event manager of the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference, and research assistant at the American Association of Geographers. He is passionate about the power of sports as a unifying force for good.
Outside of work, Marty supports free play by hiking and urban exploring.