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Martha Woodward Isler

Martha Woodward IslerSecretary, CCAC Board of Trustees
Member: Student Success, Retention & Completion Committee

Martha Woodward Isler began her career as a secondary special education teacher with her degree from Penn State. She found remediation difficult and realized that research was promoting early intervention. She then joined the War on Poverty and was trained to develop and direct one of the first Head Start systems in the country. Martha brought this knowledge to creating the Berks County Commissioners Early Education programs and then moved to Harrisburg as Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Child Development Programs. After moving to Pittsburgh she headed the planning and implementation of the Allegheny County Early Childhood Initiative.

Currently, as a retired Early Childhood Education Public Policy professional, Martha is President, Allies for Children. Allies is an advocacy organization that serves as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that will improve the wellbeing of all children and youth in Allegheny County, especially those with the greatest need.