Renee Martin-Nagle, Secretary/Treasurer of the Omega Board of Directors, is beginning her second career as a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, where she specializes in global freshwater issues. Her first career, which lasted for 25 years, was devoted to aviation. For more than two decades, she served as the head lawyer for Airbus Americas, retiring in 2011 as vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, head of environmental affairs, corporate secretary, and a member of the board of directors.
During her time in the aviation industry, Martin-Nagle was active in legal and women’s groups. She established scholarship programs through Women in Aviation and the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, mentored young professionals, and spoke at numerous conferences. However, the birth of her first grandson in 2007 inspired her to dedicate the rest of her life to preserving the planet for future generations.
That same year, she returned to law school at night while continuing to work full-time, earning a master’s degree in environmental law with highest honors from George Washington University in 2010. Her master’s degree thesis on preserving the water in fossil aquifers for all living creatures won a prize for environmental scholarship, and she donated the prize money to the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).
Renee Martin-Nagle’s spiritual training began with the Sisters of Mercy and the Franciscan priests, whose philosophy of service continues to guide her, and she has gone on to explore kabbalistic healing, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism. For nearly 15 years, Omega has been opening spiritual pathways for her, and she is honored to serve on the board of directors.