Holley Fowler Martens

Board President, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

Holley Fowler Martens serves as board president for The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. She integrates her social work background in her role as Foundation administrator, bringing a unique perspective to the grant making process.

Upon graduating from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2007, Holley was employed by Shaker Heights Youth Center and placed in Student Assistance at Shaker Heights Middle School. There she worked with students, families, and school staff on student academic success and school affiliation. She created partnerships with prevention providers and coalitions in NE Ohio while organizing community engagement programs and projects pertaining to student social and emotional health. She also facilitated groups focusing on social, therapeutic, leadership and violence prevention utilizing evidence – based curriculum.

Community involvement has always been a priority of Holley’s. Her undergraduate degree in psychology from DePaul University (1990) aided her in working with several youth-serving organizations, ranging from a half-way house for teens in San Diego to designing an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention program for Cleveland area middle schoolers. The resiliency witnessed, in both volunteer and work experience, in many of these adolescents invigorates Holley; and provides hope while knowing the steep incline and hurdles many of these victimized youth have to reach normal functioning adulthood.

Holley and her husband Rob have three adult children, Alycia, Charlie and Claire.


Reflecting on Your Origin Story: Understanding Wealth, Legacy, and Equity

Posted on December 7, 2021 by Holley Fowler Martens, David Roswell, Katherine Lorenz

old photographs on table; genealogy; family tree
The criticism of wealth is longstanding and brings to the fore a conversation on justice that is important to reflect upon in the pursuit of effective family philanthropy. Though necessary, this type of reflection often raises a number of difficult questions that require philanthropic families to interrogate their history and reconcile the actions of their ancestors. Join us for a… Read More