Malissa Martin, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of Mid-America, has been a part of the CIS network since 1999. She began her CIS career in Houston and has since worked at the local, state and national level in varying leadership roles. With experience in urban, suburban, rural and frontier communities, her work with CIS has included essentially every facet of operations, and she has chaired or served on numerous CIS network task forces at the national level. Since coming to CIS of Kansas in 2007, she has significantly strengthened the organization, growing it to Communities In Schools of Mid-America in late 2013 and expanding beyond Kansas to Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
She was named by Governor Mark Parkinson to the Kansas Commission on Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery in 2009 and currently serves on the Kansas Citizens Panel for Custody to Transition. Malissa is an alumna of the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management and the Kansas Leadership Center. She was awarded the 2011-2012 Robert H.B. Baldwin Fellowship, studying and publishing on the subject of non-profit infrastructures. Malissa was a member of the inaugural cohort of the NYU Wagner/Communities In Schools Executive Leadership Development Program in 2012-2013 subsequently serving as a coach for the program.
She continues to be a leader in the Communities In Schools network, demonstrating innovation and vision that result in growth with quality. Ms. Martin holds a B.A., Composite Degree in Writing, Specialization in Technical Writing, and Specialization in Creative Writing.