Alumna of Achievement Award

The Alumna of Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who has excelled in her professional or volunteer accomplishments and are a recognized leader in her fields of endeavor.

2016 Recipient: Martha Walsh, MC '81

Martha Walsh was born in Boston and attended Fontbonne Academy in Massachusetts before attending Marymount College.

After graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, Martha returned to Boston to work with the Massachusetts Legislature’s Senate Committee on Ways and Means. It was during her time there that she developed her love for public service. Martha then worked at two different state agencies, the Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Executive Office of Energy Resources, as budget director. Martha continued to follow her passion for public service at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received her Master of Public Administration degree. She then returned to government and became the budget director for the minority leader in the House of Representatives, before taking the position of deputy budget director for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the budget arm for the governor’s office. During this time, Martha had her first opportunity to work for Charlie Baker, the current governor of Massachusetts.

In 2003 Martha left state government to pursue other interests. She began consulting with state entities and began her ten-year volunteer work with the Children’s Trust Fund, a nonprofit agency whose mission is to strengthen families and end child abuse. She also became an adjunct professor in the Master of Public Administration’s graduate program at Regis College and did work for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority and the Public Consulting Group.

When Charlie Baker was elected governor of Massachusetts, Martha was named assistant secretary for administration for the Executive Office for Administration
and Finance, where she remains today.

During her more than thirty-year career, one of Martha’s priorities has been to serve as a mentor to many talented individuals interested in a career in public service. She feels fortunate to have had such a successful career doing something she loves and began studying during her time at Marymount College.

Martha currently resides in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, with her dog Dexter.

Past Recipients

  • 1998 Joanne “Tracie” Casella Lawrence, ’72
    1999 Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, ‘61
    2000 Maureen Kelleher, R.S.H.M, J.D.,  ‘60
    2001 Joan Carter McHugh, ’63
    2002 Ellen Campbell, Ph.D., ’52
    2003 Marie Bertona Kuffner, M.D., ’63
    2004 Nola Masterson, ’69
    2005 Nancy Naples O’Neill, ’70 
    2006 Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., Ph.D., ’61
    2007 Kristine Lowe Welker, ’88
    2008 Kathleen McGahran, Ph.D., J.D., ’72

  • 2009 Joyce Brown, Ph.D., ’68
    2010 Jean Wynn Shea, ’80
    2011 Mary Begley Murphy, ’66
    2012 Jeanne Fisher-Thompson, ’72
    2013 Eugenie Fleri Doyle, M.D., ’43
    2014 A. Gail Prudenti,  ’75
    2015 Susan Lucci Huber, ’68
    2016 Martha Walsh, ‘81