Before entering public office, Martha Schrader was an entomologist, a schoolteacher and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce. She is the proud mother of five children and three grandchildren. In her free time, Martha enjoys cooking meals for friends and kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls.
Martha was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in May 2012 and was appointed vice chair of the board in 2014 and 2020. She previously served as Commissioner from 2003 to 2009 and was Commission Chair from 2005 to 2007. Martha represented District 20 as a State Senator from 2009 to 2011.
Martha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a Master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in education from Portland State University. She has taken doctoral courses in public policy and administration from Portland State University. She is also a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.