PresenterPhotoAttorney Marti Fessenden currently serves as Special Counsel to the President at Agnes Scott College and Founder of The Fessenden Firm/Higher Ed Advise.

Marti Fessenden has a unique 30-year career in law, higher education administration, international education, and non-profit leadership. She currently serves as Special Counsel to the President with Agnes Scott College. Prior to joining Agnes Scott, she practiced law for more than 28 years in the private sector, most recently with her own law firm — The Fessenden Firm / Higher Ed Advise. Ms. Fessenden has a wealth of international travel, risk management and programmatic experience. Before founding her firm, she sailed as the Chief Administrator (Executive Dean) for the Summer 2014 voyage of University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program and the Colorado State University Spring 2019 semester. Over the past 20+ years, she has sailed on five global voyages, traveling to 30 countries with college students. She also has traveled independently around the world by backpack. Throughout her legal and higher education career, Ms. Fessenden additionally has served in national and local volunteer leadership positions on multiple boards.