Kris Martin's career encompasses a long list of service positions, including nearly ten years volunteering full-time as president or trustee of numerous Sacramento organizations. She began in education, at UC Berkeley and the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute, where she developed programs for students athletes and urban youth.
Later, Martin moved to community affairs in the corporate world, enhancing Sea-Land and The Clorox Foundation's commitments to youth development, volunteerism, career training and community investment. Next, at New Jersey non-profit The Apostles' House, Martin grew the organization from a ten-bed homeless shelter into a multifaceted agency with a $2.3 million budget and fifty-five member staff. She serves now on a number of boards and is the creator and current director of the Community Giving program for the United Auburn Indian Community, which has distributed over $8 million locally.