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Martha Welborne Joins MATT Construction’s Board of Directors

The nationally-recognized leader in urban development was Chief Planning Officer for LA Metro and Sr. Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company

For over 30 years, Martha has designed and delivered transformative projects by integrating public and private interests to improve cities. Her exceptional career includes spearheading some of Los Angeles’ most innovative public transportation and revitalization projects in recent history—including the installation of the county’s first rapid bus line and the redevelopment of the Grand Avenue corridor. Martha is currently a Senior Advisor at HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm that seeks to improve economic opportunity, quality of life, and quality of the built environment in urban communities.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome such a talented and highly-respected leader to MATT’s Board of Directors. Martha’s vision, expertise and diligence are just a few of many characteristics that contribute to her success as a recognized leader in the urban development industry. From our employees to our clients, everyone will benefit from having Martha on our Board of Directors—we are grateful to have her act as an integral facet of our team,” says Steve Matt, Chairman & CEO of MATT Construction.

Prior to HR&A, Martha was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw all corporate real estate development, design, construction; asset and portfolio management; and facilities support and services. Serving as the Chief Planning Officer at the Los Angeles Metro for six years, Martha was responsible for planning the long-range mobility future of the county and led a staff of more than 200 to accelerate the delivery of voter-approved projects funded by Measure R and executive strategic initiatives, such as the Master Plan of the historic Union Station property.

Martha has served on the board of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIA. She is a former member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s School of Architecture.  

“I have watched as MATT Construction has helped transform the skyline of Los Angeles and build so many important and iconic buildings for the cultural, educational and economic benefit of our region. It is truly a pleasure to join MATT Construction’s Board of Directors. I look forward to helping MATT Construction as it looks towards its next 30 years in California,” said Welborne.

Martha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from MIT. She was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is a member of the College of Fellows of AIA. 

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