Martha Sodetani, member of the Board of Education of the Downey Unified School District, has been a resident of Downey for many years and actively involved in PTA.
Martha has received the PTA’s highest honor, the Golden Oak Award. Other awards for volunteer work in the community include Certificates of Appreciation, Volunteer of the Year Awards, and Woman of the Year nominations from the State Legislature, Los Angeles County, City of Downey, Assistance League and the Downey City Library (where she chairs the Books on Wheels program).
She was honored by the City of Downey with the Mayor’s Distinguished Citizen Award and named Soroptimist Woman of the Year. She is a member of the PTA HELPS Food Distribution Board, Downey Coordinating Council, Character Counts Coalition, Downey Sister Cities, Gangs Out of Downey (GOOD) and Thirty-third District Executive PTA Foster Children Chairman.
Martha has six children through the magic of biological and adoptive means.
Martha delivers mandated training courses at Community Colleges for prospective foster and adoptive parents in Los Angeles County. She serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee at both Cerritos and Long Beach Community Colleges.
Martha feels there is nothing more rewarding than spending time with or in the pursuit of serving children. This has been evidenced in her calling over the years as a foster parent to medically fragile newborns, touching their lives one child at a time. She now feels privileged to be in a position to serve the District’s 22,000 plus children.