BA in Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1983;
Executive Development Program, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
After 23 years working in non-profit trade associations, including 4 years as Chief Information Officer for the American Petroleum Institute, Kendra joined the commercial sector, and current works for IonIdea, where she develops industry marketing efforts, commercial and government proposals, and presents potential IT solutions to clients of this global information technology consulting company. IonIdea has several specialty practices, including IonSecure, where Kendra brings an extensive knowledge of security policy and practices to their customers.
Ms. Martin has over 25 years experience in the energy, transportation and IT industries, working on critical infrastructure protection, cyber defense and homeland security public policy and industry operations initiatives. In addition, she spent 4 years as the API CIO, implementing a long-term IT and web strategy, including an Association Management (CRM) system.
Formerly the Director of Security & Corporate Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute (API), she served as the industry lead for the development of federal and state public/private sector partnerships to support petroleum industry security, and voluntary industry efforts on Security Guidance and Security Vulnerability Assessment Methodologies, and industry education and awareness campaigns. Representing the oil industry, she worked in various capacities to advise the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Energy (DOE) on security management and vulnerability assessment issues. At API, Kendra also directed endeavors supported by petroleum industry Chief Information Officers – addressing information technology and policy matters, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection, e-business strategies, data privacy, and legislative and regulatory telecommunications concerns.
Prior to joining API, Kendra served as Manager of Industry Data Automation for the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), where she acted as an internal consultant to various ATA divisions on EDI and e-commerce efforts, as well as several years as the Director of Computer and Systems Development for the National Industrial Transportation League, a trade association representing industrial shippers and manufacturers.
A published author and accomplished public speaker and trainer, Kendra is the recipient of the 10th Annual Edward A. Guilbert Electronic Commerce Professional Award, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary Award for Y2K Rollover Activity, and a 2003 "Women of Vision" Award for IT Security from Information Security Magazine.