At-Large Member 2023-2024
Currently a Member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Zena Martin has been a Member on two continents and four Junior Leagues; JL of London, where she was President, and the Leagues in Golden Isles and Savannah. Zena brings a unique international perspective and professional experience to her work. A strategic thinker gifted at putting projects into motion, Zena is a champion for diversity and inclusion in both volunteer and professional settings. She is an expert in public relations, communications and engaging others, and serves as a key connector for the work being done by The Junior League.
A dual British/American citizen, Zena was an At-Large Director on the AJLI Board from 2018 to 2021. She chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for all three years, and led the launch of The Accelerator Fund, which helped 25 Leagues over three years to advance their commitment to DEI. In her roles on the Board, including as member of the Issues Committee and her Strategic Linkage engagement with 25 Leagues, Zena liaised between the Women of Color Affinity Group and the AJLI Board. Of Junior League, Zena says, "I am a Member of The Junior League because it enables me to be a Servant Leader in four countries… To me, The Junior League means voluntarism, advocacy, community impact, and sisterhood."
Zena is passionately involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations outside her work with The Junior League. She is the Former Trustee Board Director for The Scout Association, which is bringing scouting to the 200 most deprived areas in the UK. Zena also is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She is a Past Board Member and Current Advisor to the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, a Volunteer Reader, Miss Zena Reads and Reading Rockets, and the Social Justice Committee Chair for the First Congregational Church of Atlanta.
Professionally, Zena is a marketing communications consultant for private and public organizations, including Microsoft, Kellogg’s, Tetley, Sky, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide. She’s held senior positions at Lewis PR, Hill & Knowlton and Firefly Communications, among other well-respected communications concerns.
A frequent public speaker, trainer and media pundit on all aspects of communications, Zena has contributed to CIPR, IPRA, PRCA, Thomson Reuters, BBC Radio and London School of Journalism.
Zena is a graduate of Amherst College.