Martin Jennings


Martin Jennings has held a wide variety of leadership positions in business and economic development, housing development and natural resources management in rural Minnesota for 28 years, impacting both Native American communities and surrounding communities.

Jennings joined the Blandin Board of Trustees in 2008. He is currently employed with the Northwest Area Foundation as a Program Officer with various  responsibilities  related to poverty reduction and prosperity-building work across  the Foundation’s eight-state region. Prior to this, Jennings provided organization and fundraising services to Tribal organizations. He has also worked extensively with the Mille Lacs and Leech Lake Tribal governments in a variety of executive positions ranging from community/ business development and planning, small business management and technical assistance, government planning and fundraising, gaming management, and housing development administration.

Jennings holds degrees from Bemidji State University (Bemidji, Minn.) in business management and economics.  He is the current treasurer of the Mille Lacs Area CDC, Member of the Onamia healthy community partnership, Past vice chairman of the Cass Lake Local Indian Council and past Chairman of the Great Lakes Housing Association.