About Board & Leadership

Martha Rochford
Martha Rochford
Immediate Past Chair (2015-2017), Director since 2009

A native of El Paso, Texas, Ms. Rochford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Arizona.

Martha Rochford is a retired executive from the banking and financial industry. During her 36 year career, Ms. Rochford held a variety of positions in financial services. She served at JP Morgan Chase Bank for 24 years in various positions including being an Executive Director with national responsibility for managing the export finance working capital program for the international treasury division and as vice president in the international commercial banking and trade finance departments. Ms. Rochford also worked at Coopers and Lybrand for 5 years as a consultant providing financial advisory services to both the pubic and private sector. Her last role in her career was in El Paso as an Executive Vice President responsible for the Wells Fargo Bank Business Banking unit which provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage and consumer financial services to businesses in El Paso. Ms. Rochford retired from the banking industry in 2015.

Prior to moving to El Paso in 2007, Ms. Rochford was involved in numerous community and business organizations including the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce International Trade Services Committee, member of the Greater Dallas Chamber International Business Advisory Leadership Council, member of the Banker’s Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT) and a board member for the St. Thomas Aquinas Parent’s Association. While in El Paso, Ms. Rochford has served on various business and community organizations including serving on the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, member of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA Foundation Board and previous Chairman and current Board member of Project ARRIBA.

Ms. Rochford resides in El Paso, Texas. She is the mother of five children, Ryan Gentry, Joseph Gentry, Erin Rystad, Emily Eyob and Mary Bagwell. She is a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church where she volunteers at the food bank and Social Justice Ministry.