Marty joined IHS in 1989 as a vice president, became senior vice president overseeing all programs in 1995, and stepped up to president and CEO in 2001. In 2016 she handed the reins to IHS alum and long-time faculty partner Emily Chamlee-Wright, continuing as Senior Advisor for a year.
Under Marty’s leadership as president, IHS increased student participation in its educational programs seven-fold, built the ranks of alumni professors from 400 to nearly 2,000, launched its Learn Liberty online educational videos reaching millions of students, and grew the Institute’s annual budget from $3 million to $18 million. In 2017 the IHS Board of Directors recognized Marty’s contributions with a Charles G. Koch Honorary IHS Alum Award. Marty continues her association with IHS as President Emeritus.
Prior to her career with IHS, Marty was editor-in-chief of the monthly opinion magazine Reason. She has been published in academic journals as well as The New York Times Book Review and the op-ed pages of newspapers. Marty has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including an independent K-8 school in the Washington, DC, area.