Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD

Executive Director, Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park
Montgomery College
Germantown, MD

Martha Schoonmaker joined Montgomery College in 2014 as the Executive Director for the Montgomery College Life Sciences Park Foundation (MCLSPF) which is the entity that develops, manages and markets the park on behalf of Montgomery College. Ms. Schoonmaker’s career in economic development includes positions in Virginia and Georgia prior to Maryland. During her tenure in Georgia, she worked in economic development positions for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Oglethorpe Power Corporation; as a consultant with Arthur Andersen; and while at Georgia Tech, as the manager of marketing of the Enterprise Innovation Insitute (EI2),and as the BEDC Course Director. Most recently, Ms. Schoonmaker served as the Director of Business Development and Investment for Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development in Virginia. She participated in the department’s efforts to expand local economic initiatives creating over 3600 jobs during her tenure, and established BioTech Bonanza, a career day for high school students highlighting job and educational opportunities in the STEM field. She also developed the Prince William County Science Accelerator, a public/private investment of a 9,000 square foot wet lab and signing its first tenant prior to opening. Ms. Schoonmaker manages contracts, leases and partnerships with existing resident partners, including Holy Cross Germantown Hospital and is responsible for the development of corporate and trade association partnerships that expand internship, learning and career opportunities for students within the park.