LOS ANGELES, CA – June 19, 2023: Braille Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra J. Martin as their new Chief Financial Officer. Martin is a seasoned finance professional with more than 30 years of experience and an exceptional track record in driving financial performance and delivering strategic growth. She will oversee finance, accounting, business services and facilities operations for the organization.

Most recently, Martin served as the vice president for administration and finance, and CFO, at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) in Los Angeles. She was responsible for the oversight of MSMU’s $125 million operating budget and $160 million endowment. Martin previously served as vice president and associate dean for finance and administration at Loyola Marymount University’s law school, director for institute finance at California Institute of Technology, and director of financial management at New York University School of Law.

“I am pleased to welcome Deb to Braille Institute’s executive management team,” said Jim (Dimitri) Kales, Chief Executive Officer, Braille Institute. “She is a deeply talented finance executive, and I am confident she will make strong contributions to our mission, culture and long-term sustainability.”

“It is an honor to be joining an organization with the legacy and impact of Braille Institute,” said Martin. “I am beyond excited to step into this role and look forward to collaborating with the extraordinary team and Board to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss.”

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and attained her CPA in Rhode Island while working for KPMG early in her career.

For more information about Braille Institute’s financials, visit https://brailleinstitute.org/financial-info