Stacy Agee Martin
Director, Communications & Development

Often heard proclaiming that she has the best and most fun job in the world, Stacy feels privileged to share Fortress’s mission and to raise the funds needed to keep it operational (and growing!). Her job keeps her on her toes creatively (grant writing, graphic design, event planning), challenges her professionally (campaign management, outcomes analysis and grant reporting), and feeds the extrovert in her (public speaking, social media and networking.) She has presented on both the local stage (“Social Media Marketing (2015)” and “How to Ask for Matching Funds (2017)” for North Texas Giving Day; Nonprofit Best Practices panelist with J.P.Morgan Philanthropy Center (2018), and on a national one (“Measuring Success in Social-Emotional Learning”, National Mentoring Summit (2018). She is a certified trainer in Building Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead, both through Aha Process.

Stacy first came to Fortress as a volunteer in 2003 and joined the staff in a part-time communications role in 2008. She transitioned into her current role in 2012. Though she doesn't work one-on-one with the kids, one of her favorite things is when they come into her office for a hug. (Her second favorite thing is sending them back to class. ha!) She also cherishes the moments when former Fortress kids and parents stop by to say hello.

Stacy has lived in Fort Worth since 1991 and loudly sings the praises of what she believes is America's best hometown. She feels blessed to share a vision and passion - and an office - with her daughter Dani each day. Her oldest son, Aidan, is a music education/vocal performance major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Her son Ian is a senior in high school, and her bonus son Matt is a junior. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams, Chris. If she's not at Fortress and not hanging out with her family, she's likely either 1) working on her WordyBirdy product line, 2) trying not to get beaten at Words with Friends, or 3) singing karaoke in her living room with Chris. She loves blue skies, craves the mountains, and is a little too addicted to chocolate and iced coffee. .