Martha Naismith has extensive professional and political experience with local, state and the federal governments. She has also served in leadership roles and as a volunteer in numerous social service and non-profit organizations. 

Martha relocated to Sarasota in 2011 after a 30-year career in the Washington, D. C. area. During those years (1981 -2011) she served three Florida Gover-nors (Graham, Martinez and Chiles -1983-91) as Deputy Director of the State of Florida’s Washington Office; as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Congress (Andy Ireland who, at one time, represented Sarasota); as a Fellow at the Federal Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; as a Budget Analyst in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health; and as a Fellow in the Presidential Management program. 

During her years in the Washington, D. C. area, Martha also served as a Docent and Council Chair at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; as a volunteer at the Alexandria Inova Hospital; and as a Director on a number of community boards, in
cluding several roles with the American Red Cross. 

Since relocating to Sarasota, she has continued participation in community volunteer activities, serving as a Docent at The Ringling, as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and as a sustainer with the Junior League of Sarasota. 

Martha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Duke University; and received Masters degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy from The George Washington University. 

She is a proud mother of four and grandmother of seven.

​​The Democratic Women's Club 

is an autonomous organization chartered by the state Democratic Women's Club. Its goal is the furtherance of women's issues. The club meets monthly for business and fellowship, and to hear talks on issues of interest to women. The Club joins with the Democratic Party of Florida in supporting candidates who support the Democratic Party and its platform.

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at 11:30 a.m.   The luncheon is $18.00.  For reservations call Call Sandy Gander 941.758.7187 or email her at 

Come join us for stimulating conversation, interesting speakers and good food!  

Each year, the DWC is proud to offer scholarships to deserving young people of Manatee County.  Click  
here  for a scholarship rules and application form.

Voter Registration Drives, all at 9 AM  
May 5th, June 16th, July 14th

Meetings and topics:

June 12th, 11:30 AM featuring Martha Naismith 

Please make your reservations by 

Noon June 7, 2018 

Call Sandy Gander 941.758.7187 
or email

Menu: Buffet includes salad, grilled chicken, cold cuts, cheeses, bread and cookies.
Cost is $18.00 payable at the door.


July 10th, 9:00 AM

Breakfast on Manatee Beach 




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