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Finding Her Focus: GCC Alum Martha Phelps ’85

Sometimes high school doesn’t go according to plan. Thanks to you, GCC is here. With the right support and time to grow, students like Martha become unstoppable GCC Alums.

In 1983, Martha Phelps was graduating from a local boarding school, but she didn’t have the focus or the funds for a four-year college right away. Instead, Martha chose GCC as a way to gain that focus and prepare for her eventual future at a four-year school.

“It was the right choice,” she says, “and Rob Yacubian [GCC’s Transfer Coordinator] was absolutely essential in helping me develop my path. He’s an amazing person who understood what I needed to do to make the right decisions.”

Martha says GCC was the bridge she needed between high school and a four-year college. In 1985, she transferred to Smith College. “I was far more prepared than I would’ve been, and I couldn’t have done it at all without GCC and Rob.”

Martha earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith (1987), and after an initial career in book publishing, then earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School and moved to Seattle to work as legal counsel to the Books team at Amazon.

Today, Martha practices in the Technology Transactions group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, where she lives with her family. “I love working with consumer-facing businesses and helping innovative companies develop new products and revenue streams,” she says.

The confidence Martha found at GCC helped her speed to the top of her field and make that confidence a family legacy; her daughter Anne now attends Smith College as well.

Martha understands the value of giving back. Her donations to the GCC Foundation, along with yours, make sure that other students have a place to find their focus and succeed. And one of the best outcomes of Martha’s time at GCC? She is still in touch with her advisor and friend, Rob Yacubian.