Michiko Martin is the Director of Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources for the USDA Forest Service and leads efforts to connect people to the outdoors through our Nation’s forests and grasslands and to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. Michiko Martin joined the USDA Forest Service in 2014 as the Director of Conservation Education, State & Private Forestry, Washington Office. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Michiko worked for 12 years as the Chief of Education, Outreach and New Media for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce. Michiko also served as a commissioned naval officer for 12 years, working as a meteorologist and oceanographer. She directed the daily operations of an environmental support unit to naval forces in Okinawa, Japan, and assisted in the operation of global atmospheric and oceanic numerical models.
A native of the Ryukyuan Islands, Michiko earned a Bachelor of Science, Physical Oceanography at the United States Naval Academy. She later earned post-graduate degrees, including a Master’s of Science degree in oceanographic engineering jointly conferred by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and, a Master’s degree in educational leadership at Troy State University.