Member Biography

Scott Martin

Scott Martin is Executive Director of River Heritage Conservancy, Inc. This non-profit spearheaded, citizen-led partnership is creating a 600-acre master planned waterfront park on the Ohio River, Origin Park. Previously, Scott has had the joy of working as a team member helping create new public park and open space conservation systems across Idaho, Virginia, and Kentucky serving as the initial Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Director of Commerce & Leisure Services for Franklin County (Virginia), and Partnership/Resources Coordinator for Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department.

Scott is a Fellow in the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration, serves on the Executive Board for World Urban Parks as North American Committee CoChair, is a faculty member with the National Park Foundations School co-hosted by NC State Univ., has participated as an Urban Park Fellow with the Salzburg Global Seminar, and given talks to audiences in Mexico, Australia, Canada, Europe and throughout the States on creating vibrant, sustainable, and livable cities. His work on the importance of urban green spaces and places has been featured in the River Management Society Journal, Australasian Parks & Rec Journal, Nature in Cities Coalition, International Economic Development Council, National Livable Cities Network, Congress for New Urbanism, National Geographic, CityLab, and Next City, and Virginia Review of Local Government.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boise State University (Go Broncos!) including election to Pi Alpha Alpha (the national honor society for Public Affairs and Administration) and has completed executive development programs through IUPUI's Lilly School of Philanthropy, UNC School of Community & Economic Development, Virginia Tech Economic Development Institute, the Cooper Center at UVa, and CUNY's Central Park Institute.

He and his wife Jennifer have two Dalmatian pups and enjoy whitewater kayaking, hiking, gardening, and birding in their free time.