Carmen Marti is a veteran communications consultant specializing in higher education. As an independent contractor for nearly 30 years, she joined teams of all sizes and scopes, lending editorial versatility, personal responsibility, leadership capacity, and creative vision to high-level communications projects.
Fueled by successes that include project management of a CASE award-winning publication for the University of Chicago, and writing for the winning UChicago Obama Presidential Center proposal, Carmen continues to add value across university interests, most recently through her execution of an email newsletter and website designed for the dean of the USC Marshall School of Business to improve the school’s ranking among peer institutions. Over the four years Carmen served on the Research@Marshall team, Marshall achieved its highest rank ever in U.S. News & World Report, finishing 17th in 2019, up from 20th in 2018, 24th in 2017, and 31st in 2016.
Outside higher education, Carmen has managed communications for Resources 2000, a fundraising consultancy, the development of content for Chicago Botanic Garden, the newsletter of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and communications consulting for the Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore (CIESS), the American Institute for Indian Studies, and Arts for Learning, an online teaching resource. In her early days as a freelance writer, Carmen was a regular contributor to the Woman News section of the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
Before becoming a freelance writer, Carmen worked as an in-house publicist for the University of Chicago News Office from 1991-1995, as an editorial assistant for Inside Chicago magazine from 1989-1991, and as a high school English and humanities teacher at the Harvard School from 1986-1990. Carmen earned a master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Chicago after graduating from Stephens College with a B.F.A. in creative writing and a minor in philosophy and religion.