Since her arrival in the United States, Marta Batmasian has demonstrated a true immigrant spirit by getting involved and excelling in the fields of education, business, politics, and community service. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, as a Christian Armenian, Marta's dream was to emigrate to the U.S., where minority groups were given the opportunity to integrate easily and pursue their dreams.
After graduating from Esayan Lycee, in Istanbul as a valedictorian of her class, she was admitted to the prestigious Robert College, founded as a branch of Columbia University in Istanbul. In her junior year, the family relocated to the Netherlands, where Marta attended Leiden University prior to her departure to the United States to complete her education.
She then attended Emerson College in Boston, where she received a B.A. in English with honors. Marta continued her graduate studies by enrolling in Brandeis University’s joint Master’s and Ph.D. program in Near Eastern Studies. Upon completion of her studies, she became superintendent of a small school, then an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts for eight years until she moved to Boca Raton, Florida. She subsequently received an M.B.A. from Barry University in Miami.
Marta’s Board Directorships and community charitable involvements are extensive. She has founded and funded many community endeavors, including Children's Science Explorium, Tri County Rescue Shelter, League of Education Awareness of Holocaust (LEAH), People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership (PROPEL), Garden of Humanity, and many others.
Her Board memberships include South Florida PBS, Florida Atlantic University, Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and NSU Florida/H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including College Club Achievement Award for Excellence in Business and Education (1983), Junior League of Boca Raton, Volunteer of the Year (1997), One Community (formerly known as National Conference of Christians and Jews) (2009), Outstanding Person and Leader – OPAL award by Rotary Club for community service (2011), Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2018), and several others.
Marta owns Investments Limited with her husband – a real estate investment company that owns and manages shopping centers, apartment communities, and office buildings. She resides in Boca Raton, Florida, and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Board Directorships, Memberships, and Affiliations:
- National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Board Member, 1971-Present
- Armenian Assembly of America, Life Trustee, 1971-Present
- Armenian General Benevolent Union of America, Member, 1971-Present
- Florida Atlantic University, College of Arts and Letters, Advisory Board Chair, Founder of FAU Ambassadors of the Arts and Theater Lab, 2002-Present
- NSU Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Board of Governors, 1998-Present
- Children's Science Explorium, Founder, Chair, Vice-Chair and President, 1988-2001
- Children's Museum of Boca Raton, Executive Board Member, 1988-1991
- Tri-County Animal Rescue and Humane Society, Founding Member, Board of Directors, Vice-Chair and Honorary Board, 1996-Present
- YMCA of Boca Raton, Board of Trustees, Founder of Y's Women's Club, 1987-2001
- Caldwell Theater Company, Board Member, Director, Founder of Theater Guild, 1987-2009
- League of Educational Awareness of Holocaust (LEAH), Founding Member, Board Member and Advisor, 1996-2010
- Palm Beach Cultural Council, Director, 1998-2003; Chairman of the Board, 2003-2006
- Center for Family Services, Auxiliary Board Member, 1993-2000
- PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership), Co-Founder, Director, and Trustee, 2001-Present
- FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief), Executive Board Member, 2005-Present Junior League of Boca Raton, 1985-Present
- Boca Raton Symphonic Pops, Board Member, Founder of Professionals for Pops (Pro-Pops),
- Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Board of Directors, 1995-2008
- Together Against Gangs (TAG), Founder and Board Member, 1995-2005
- Boca Raton International Club, Founding Member, 1983-1992
- South Florida PBS, Board of Trustees, including Chair, PBS Foundation, 2003-2019
- St. David Armenian Church Parish Council Chair, 2015-2017; National Delegate, 2017-Present
- Florida Department of Education, Task Force for Holocaust Education, 2005-2020
- Creator of Garden of Humanity to promote peace and eradicate genocides and hatred, 2015- Present
- Founder of Walk of Recognition: annual event recognizing community leaders with Boca Raton Historical Society, 1996-Present
- Boca Raton Literary Society, Founding Member, 1991-1996
- Creator of Garden of Humanity to promote peace and eradicate genocides and hatred 2015- Present
- Founder of Walk of Recognition: An annual event recognizing community leaders with Boca Raton Historical Society 1996-Present
- Boca Raton Literary Society, Founding Member 1991-1996
Other Involvements, Past and Present Memberships, and Committee Works Include:
- Boca Raton Historical Society Boca Raton Regional Hospital American Heart Association Boca Raton Museum of Art
- Daughters of Vartan Masonic Lodge (1985-2010) Cystic Fibrosis Association
- Humanitarian Society
- KIND (Kids In New Directions) American Cancer Society March of Dimes
- Florence Fuller Child Development Center Take Charge Parkinson's
- Lynn University Excalibur Society Children's Place At Home Safe Miami City Ballet
- St. Paul's Lutheran School PTO St. Andrews School PTO Haven
- George Snow Scholarship Fund Alzheimer's Association
- COAF (Children of Armenia Fund) HOPE