On Friday afternoon, Martha Colhoun Williams '85 spoke to Upper School environmental science students. Martha, who was inducted as a member of the GFS Hall of Excellence, serves as the Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She spoke about owning your superpower; surrounding yourself with people who help you grow; the value of curiosity and asking questions; and finding your own path.


Martha earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a juris doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law. Preceding her appointment, she served as the Director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute and the Archie Bray Foundation and on the Advisory Board for the Franke School of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. 

In October 2021, Martha was nominated to the role of Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. On Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Martha Williams to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of Interior.