As Minerva University's Chief Advancement Officer, Martha Chumo leads fundraising efforts and corporate partnerships to support Minerva’s extensive need-based financial aid program for deserving students from all over the world. Chumo graduated from Minerva in 2019 as part of the inaugural class. While a student at Minerva, she took part in civic projects in San Francisco, Berlin, and London, and spent two years working in business development for Minerva and the Autodesk Foundation, where she researched and authored the foundation's first portfolio impact report with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation. After graduating, Chumo held various roles in technology in London and San Francisco.
Before Minerva, Chumo founded and ran a small software programming school in Kenya from 2013 to 2015. After sourcing financing through crowdfunding and grants from UNESCO and other local partners, Chumo was able to introduce more than 150 youth in Kenya and South Sudan to coding. Applauded for her entrepreneurship, she has been invited to speak at numerous conferences in Africa, Europe, North America, and South America, including one where she interviewed Bill Gates in person. She was nominated for the Anzisha Prize for entrepreneurs in Africa and had the honor of collaborating with UNESCO in launching the “Searching for Martha” project inspired by her work aimed to inspire other young female entrepreneurs.