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A 36 year old, Trenton-based nonprofit that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.

Martin Johnson

President and CEO
Department: 
Administration

Martin Johnson is Founder and CEO of Isles, Inc., an urban sustainable development organization that fosters self-reliance and healthy neighborhoods. Founded in 1981, Isles arose from a student-initiated seminar and thesis at Princeton University.

Nationally recognized as a model for innovative and effective nonprofit development, Isles has received awards from the U.S. EPA, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other organizations.  Isles work includes community planning and green real estate development, wealth creation, environmental health, urban agriculture, education for under-served high school drop-outs and job  training.

Mr. Johnson co-founded other development organizations and projects, including: New Jersey Community Capital, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, Building One New Jersey and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work.

Marty is a 1981 graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, where he played football and baseball.  He came back to teach a course on Rethinking Poverty: Community Development Research and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1996. He is a former trustee of the Capital Health System and current trustee of the National Housing Institute. Marty and his wife Liz raised three sons in Trenton, New Jersey.

Marty was the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Keller Center of Princeton University's Engineering School from 2015-17. During the 2017 fall semester, Marty is in Residency at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy.  In the spring of 2018, Marty will teach two courses titled "Rethinking Social Profit Organizations” (EGR 498) and "So, You Want To Change the World?” (Freshman Seminar).

Click here to read Marty's CEO Corner.