President & CEO
Medical Teams International
Martha Newsome is the President and CEO of Medical Teams International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and has spent the last 30 years of her life dedicated to serving the health needs of others. In her current role, she leads more than 1500 international staff as they restore health to 3 million people in 27 countries through medical and dental care, disaster response and humanitarian aid, and community health programs.
Considered an authoritative global leader in sustainable health solutions, Martha is at heart a grassroots operations person who has worked her way to senior leadership from the front-line realities of local community health. Prior to joining Medical Teams International in 2016, she led World Vision International’s Global Sustainable Health team, which included global programs in food, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and represented over 3000 employees with a budget of $700M. Under her leadership, she and her team developed highly successful and innovative health and nutrition programs, including mobile health.
Throughout her 20 years at World Vision International, she held key leadership roles overseeing global health initiatives. This included serving as both the Global and Africa HIV and AIDS Director, where she designed and scaled programs to meet the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS and the impact on children and their families. She lived nearly 15 years in southern Africa, and at the young of 33, was elevated to Country Director for World Vision in post-war Mozambique.
Martha is an Executive Committee member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Initiative, a global movement to help countries end malnutrition by 2030. She serves as a courtesy faculty member at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and is widely published, with features in the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine and Human Resources of Health.
Martha and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and have two grown children.