Martha Armas-Kelly was born in the Central Valley to immigrant parents of Guatemalan and Mexican descent. Currently working in Stanislaus County on environmental issues centered around SB 1000. Martha has a strong background in capacity building and leadership and grassroots efforts in health, social and economic development. Currently serving as a Chair for the Stanislaus Sustainable Communities Coalition, Treasurer for Community Initiatives for Community Impact, Facilitator for ACE Overcomers, a model for resilience against childhood trauma, and Advocate for the United Tribes of California. Martha resides in Merced, CA on MiWuk and Yokuts lands.