Patsy Woods Martin

Former Executive Director, Annie’s List, Founder; Former Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here

Patsy Woods Martin most recently served as the executive director of Annie’s List, a group working to “change the face of power in Texas” by targeting, recruiting, and supporting courageous women to run for elected office in Texas. Since 2003, Annie’s List-endorsed candidates have won more than 100 races. In 2016, 26 of 27 Annie’s List-endorsed candidates won their races — and the losing candidate came within 64 votes of winning. Annie’s List has trained over 2,500 women and has made more than $4.5 million in contributions to candidates.

Martin is also the founder and served on a voluntary basis as executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here: The Central Texas Campaign for Philanthropy, a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses, and religious leaders. The group works to increase awareness of needs in Central Texas and the role all Austinites can play in creating solutions to those needs. I Live Here, I Give Here also created and produces the successful 24-hour giving period known as Amplify Austin. Earlier this year, in March 2018, it raised $10.3 million for more than 700 local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2013, Amplify Austin has helped to raise over $45 million in only 144 hours.

Martin graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Upon graduation, she headed up an analytical lab at a major Houston petroleum company, the first woman to ever hold that position. Martin is a fourth-generation rancher in Montague County, and she remains active in her family’s ranching and oil businesses.