Colby Martin

Regional Director - Northwest

(828) 358-0030


310 N. Center Street
Hickory, NC  28601
Mail: PO Box 2851, Hickory, NC 28603
Phone: 828-358-0030
Fax: 919-827-0749

Colby provides leadership for eight communities in the Northwestern region. He supports the affiliates' work in developing strong boards, promoting philanthropy, conducting grantmaking, and serving as community leaders. He builds relationships with fundholders and helps develop new funds and administers scholarships. He joined the Foundation in 2016. Formerly, he was the Director of Grants and Compliance at Yancey County Schools and earlier was the Executive Director of Graham Children’s Health Services. He served on a variety of nonprofit boards and local government task forces doing work in health, the arts and economic development. He earned his masters of business administration (MBA) at Appalachian State University where he also attended for undergraduate studies. He’s a reader and a writer; he’s written five novels, two plays, and many other unfinished works. He enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family including his two kids, Emerson and Juliet.

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