Lara S. Martin Manager, Education and Programs

Expert in Research and Programming in Emergnecy Health and Nutrition

Lara S. Martin


Lara S. Martin, MA, MPH, is the Manager, Education and Programs, at the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory (CHE@Emory). As a Program Manager and Researcher with over 10 years working in complex humanitarian emergencies programming, Lara has a proven talent for aligning business strategy and objectives with established humanitarian response management paradigms to achieve maximum operational impacts with minimum resource expenditures. She promotes and trains others in efficiency-focused servant leadership with particular focus on cross-functional team leadership, complex problem-solving, client relationship management, project management, stakeholder liaison, creative program design, the importance of operational research, portfolio management, operational oversight, technical support, data management, and grant/fundraising management.

She has many research interests including monitoring and evaluation, innovation to end severe acute malnutrition (SAM), effective logistics- supply chain management, the relationship between religion and health, and conflict as a social determinant of health. Ms. Martin was the recipient of Emory University's 2015 Humanitarian Award. She represents Emory University on the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis, where she is on the Steering Committee and co-leads the Maternal Newborn Health Sub Working Group and the Logistics Sub Working Group. She also represents Emory University on the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and is part of the Last Mile Delivery Workstream, as well as the Systems Strengthening Working Group. Her work has been featured in the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThe Hill, and in the SM Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology.


Islam and health, medical anthropology, nationalism and health in conflict settings, risk mitigation and preparedness, and child centered programing.


  • Masters, Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, 2015
  • MA, Social Anthropology of Development, University of London, 2006
  • BS, Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2005