Martha Macris, Executive Director - Ms. Macris has a background in nursing with a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in religion from Smith College. She is a 34-year non-profit veteran and has 20 years of experience as an executive director in Texas and Delaware. After moving to Houston in 1997, she worked as a consultant with several churches in the greater Houston area. Ms. Macris was hired as MAM's first Executive Director in 2005 and guided the organization's transition into a professionally-managed nonprofit. She was also the first Executive Director of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries. Under her guidance, MAM has grown exponentially in order to yearly help more than 25,000 Houstonians stay in their homes, become rehoused, find jobs, learn English, and begin to build assets. Under her guidance, MAM's operating budget increased fourfold, the volunteer corps increased by 46% and partnerships have grown from three to eighteen.
Ms. Macris is a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Center for Literacy and she is a graduate of the American Leadership Forum. During Ms. Macris’ leadership, MAM became the first non-profit to be awarded Hall of Fame status by the West Houston Chamber of Commerce, is a three-time recipient of their STAR Award and was named the number one fiscally responsible non-profit in Houston by Charity Navigator.
For the Least of These: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Is Christianity fundamentally positioned to make an impact on poverty? Jesus' description of the judgement and separating the Sheep from the Goats is often used to inspire Christians to care for "the least of these". Does it really help? What is the difference between the hand out and the hand up?