Martha Bergmark is the founding executive director of Voices for Civil Justice. Over four decades, Martha has been a leader in the movement to fulfill America’s promise of justice for all. During her tenure as its founding president, the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) became an influential force for progressive change, scoring significant policy and litigation wins and growing to a $4 million annual budget with 35 staff at three offices. She continues to serve MCJ as a board member and senior counsel.
Martha previously served as executive vice president and president of the Legal Services Corporation, administering federal funding to civil legal aid organizations nationwide, and as senior vice president for programs of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. She began her legal career as a civil rights and legal aid lawyer in her home state of Mississippi.
Martha is a former Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Stern Family Fund Public Interest Pioneer, White House Champion of Change, and a recipient of the Kutak-Dodds Prize and the ABA Section of Litigation’s John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan Law School and holds honorary degrees from Oberlin College and Millsaps College.