Chief of Strategic Partnerships
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Martina Edwards is Chief of Strategic Partnerships for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs - the largest small business focused CDFI in the state of Georgia, providing capital, coaching, and connections to underserved entrepreneurs. ACE covers 68 rural and metro counties and has provided $80 million in loans to small businesses, supporting over 10,000 jobs. With 19 years of wall street and nonprofit experience, she delivers solid results in operations, strategy, and finance. In her first year, she helped ACE secure over $5 million in total grant funds, including the largest in its 20-year history. In 2004, she made history becoming the first African American female trading broker for Merrill Lynch on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and, subsequently, the only Black woman stock trader among the then 1,366 private members of the NYSE.
Edwards’ civic leadership includes Leadership Council member for Junior Achievement of Georgia, the Advisory Board for Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and the board for Atlanta Beltline 67. She is also a 2017 Fellow of New Leaders Council Atlanta and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is also the recipient of Atlanta’s 2018 Women of Distinction Non-Profit Sector Award and the Atlanta Tuskegee Alumni Chapter 2019 Pioneer Award. Edwards earned a B.S. in Finance from Tuskegee University and an MBA from University of North Carolina, Kenan‐Flagler Business School, where she completed an exchange at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and global immersions in India and Mexico.