Martha G. Abbott

Marty Abbott’s career began in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) where she was a language
teacher, foreign language coordinator, and Director of High School Instruction. She has served
on national committees to develop student standards, beginning teacher standards, and
performance assessments in world languages. She was President of the American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2003 and became its Director of Education in 2004
and Executive Director in 2011 serving in that capacity until 2018. Under her leadership,
ACTFL created the Center for Assessment, Research and Development and launched the public
awareness campaign, Lead with Languages. She recently served as a commissioner for the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences national report America’s Languages: Investing in
Language Education in the 21 st Century and in 2016 was appointed by President Obama to
serve a four-year term on the National Security Education Board. Marty was appointed to the
University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam where
she is serving a four-year term until 2022. She holds her B.A. degree in Spanish with a minor in
Latin from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics
from Georgetown University.