Harvard Law School, J.D. (1981)
Duke University, B.A. (1977, cum laude, Angier B. Duke Scholar)
District of Columbia
Carolyn Wimbly Martin has 29 years of experience as an accomplished intellectual property lawyer for leading media companies as well as a business executive developing intellectual properties that generate revenue and build brands.
Ms. Martin spent 16 years at Gannett Co., Inc., most recently as Director of New Media, Planning and Development, where she helped build the USA TODAY brand and introduced over 50 new market-driven products in education, print, electronic publishing and merchandising. Prior to joining Gannett in 1985, she was in private practice at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C.
After more than two decades in the corporate world developing new products and brands, in 2002 Ms. Martin co-founded Giving Tree Group, LLC, a brand building and intellectual property development consulting firm for non profit organizations and value-based companies. Her clients have included Catholic Charities USA, Cambridge Information Group, CSA, the National Archives Experience, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sitar Arts Center, Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London and New York and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA/GLOBALCOMM).
Ms. Martin has 20 years experience as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property, Media and Internet law. She currently teaches Intellectual Property Management at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Ms. Martin has significant corporate governance experience, having served on the boards of a range of for profit and non profit institutions, including The Away Network, Luxury Link, LLC, Legacy.com, Inc., I/PRO (Board Observer), Georgetown Day School (Board President 2008-2010), Center for Inspired Teaching, National Child Research Center, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University and Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs.
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