Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Marty Zanghi

Director: Children, Youth, and Families
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Office Location

339 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Marty is the founding Director of the Youth and Community Engagement Team at the University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute. For the past thirty years Marty has been advocating for equitable opportunities, resources and policies that support youth and families achieve their educational and economic goals (or potential). Much of Marty’s work is about supporting organizations and leaders to manage their relationships and organizations in a more cross-collaborative way, which he believes will lead to better service alignment, leveraged resources and the best impact possible. Marty continues to be inspired by the thousands of young people he has met throughout the country that have been affected by poverty, social and racial inequality. He still has a faded newspaper clipping in his office, a quote from Thurgood Marshall from 1991:

“None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps, We got here because somebody-a parent, a teacher, and Ivy League crony or a few nuns-bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

Areas of Expertise

Community Engagement and Organizing, Collaborative Facilitation, Network Building for Social Change, Child Welfare, Adolescent Development, Social Capital Building, Youth Leadership, Policy Review and Development, Resources Development and Designing for Results and Impact.



Please review Marty Zanghi's publications on Digital Commons.