Martha Newell-Kinsman

Chief of Staff

Martha Newell-Kinsman brings leadership and experience from the military, Capitol Hill, and the non-profit sector to her role as Executive Vice President of ESP Advisors.


Martha served four years as a medic in the U.S. Army, and after pursuing a graduate degree in zoology at the University of Hawaii, later spent three years as the natural resources staffer for Congressman Don Young (R-AK).


Working for the Dean of the House and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Martha prioritized bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle for compromise. She wrote and passed legislation pertaining to public lands management, energy, fisheries and wildlife management, and ocean health, among others.


Most recently, she was a federal policy manager for Ceres, a sustainability non-profit working with businesses and investors to advocate for a clean energy economy.

Get to Know Martha

What’s your go-to coffee or tea drink? 

Black flavored coffee in the morning, usually from Bones. Right now I’m drinking caramel apple coffee, and it’s always a nice way to start the day. I’ll switch over to herbal tea at night. My go-to is Tension Tamer, it never fails to help me feel a little more relaxed before bed.

Which marine animal deserves a shout-out? Why? 

Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the Vampire Squid from Hell. First of all, that’s a badass name. They live 10,000 feet below the surface, have giant eyes for their body size, and bioluminesce. What else could you ask for?

What are you listening to or reading right now?

I take my son, Nathaniel, to the library every few weeks so we can both pick out some new books. I just finished reading “They Called Us ‘Lucky’” by Rep. Ruben Gallego, though, and as a fellow Iraq war veteran that one hit me hard.

Favorite shows or podcasts to binge? 

Podcasts: True Crime Campfire, Noble Blood, and You Must Remember This
Shows: Hate to admit it, but I love reality TV. Everything from Survivor to Love is Blind to The Circle. No Bachelor/ette, though. 

It’s Saturday at 2pm - what are you most likely up to?

On nice days I’ll bring my son and dogs to the park to run around and play. If it’s winter, though, I’ll be curled up next to the fire with a book and something warm to drink.