Donna Martin, M.Ed., brings leadership and longevity to her role as Director for State Partnerships and Innovation with the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Prior to joining ANCOR, Donna served as the Executive Director for the Community Provider Network of RI (CPNRI), the state-wide association for providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ms. Martin began her career working as a Direct Support Professional while in college. In the more than thirty-five years since, she has held positions at all levels of service organizations in both community living and supported employment services including program management, case management, senior administration and as the Executive Director for a provider agency serving people in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
She began her work as the Executive Director for CPNRI in 2005 and during her tenure, she led the Rhode Island provider community through challenging fiscal and regulatory times. She successfully cultivated relationships with legislators and state administrators that eventually led to the appropriation of funding increases for DSP wages and streamlined regulatory processes. She coordinated a formidable grassroots and lobbying campaign that has elevated the reputation of the association as one of the best-organized advocacy entities within the state.
Donna joined ANCOR in 2019 and her work here is focused on supporting its 54 state provider associations across the country to network and resource one another in support of their members and outcomes for people with disabilities. She also leads ANCOR’s work on Alternative Payment Models in Medicaid and coordinates numerous grant and project-based initiatives.