Ken Martin, Coordinator, THEO

Ken Martin, Coordinator, THEO

Phone: 512-471-7145
Email: ken.martin@austin.utexas.edu

Dana Center Role

Ken is a coordinator for THEO, the Texas Homeless Education Office. He conducts training for educators, school administrators, and parents about the laws and rules regarding the education of highly mobile and homeless children; resolves school enrollment and attendance complaints regarding students experiencing homelessness; addresses legislative issues that affect children and youth in homeless situations, and provides assistance to the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act discretionary grant recipients in Texas.
 
Ken’s professional interests include homelessness, housing, child welfare, and supports for marginalized populations. He is currently a board member for the Bastrop County Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Before Joining the Dana Center

From July 2015 to February 2017, Ken served as the executive director for Care Communities, an agency that provides volunteer support to people living with cancer and/or AIDS. Prior to that, Ken served for twelve years as executive director of the Texas Homeless Network (THN), where he also provided training and technical assistance to social services agencies throughout Texas and led the agency’s local, state, and federal legislative advocacy efforts on issues related to ending homelessness. He has extensive experience in the management of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants and funds. Ken also has ten years’ experience as a child protective services specialist and seven years’ experience managing grants and homeless systems for Tarrant County.
 
During his time at Texas Homeless Network, Ken worked closely with THEO staff to ensure that children and unaccompanied youth obtained equal access to a free and appropriate public education; he also provided training to school personnel and homeless service provider organizations on keeping students living in homelessness in school.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Abilene Christian University, 1985