Martha G. Dennis, Ph.D. is Principal at Gordian Knot, an advisory firm to emerging technology businesses in San Diego. Formerly she was a Venture Partner with Windward Ventures that invested in early-stage Southern California technology companies. Previously Dennis was Co-founder and President and CEO of WaveWare Communications, Inc., which sold software for wireless handheld connectivity. Prior to that Dennis co-founded Pacific Communications Sciences, Inc., a San Diego wireless communications equipment company that was acquired by Cirrus Logic. Earlier Dennis led software development at Linkabit Corp. as Assistant Vice President. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Netsapiens, Inc., as Lead Director of Space Micro, Inc. and as a Director of Mundoval (NASDAQ: MUNDX).
Dennis currently serves as Secretary of the Board of inewsource, as Membership Chair on the Board of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels, as President of the Board of The Charter One Hundred, and as Past Chair of the Board of La Jolla Music Society. She has led several not-for-profit boards including La Jolla Music Society, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Bishop’s School, and Athena, and she is past Chair of the City of San Diego Science & Technology Commission and Past President of San Diego’s telecom industry association. She has also been a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art, Harvey Mudd College, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the YMCA of San Diego County. She is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club 33.
Dennis holds a doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She recently received a “Cool Woman” award from the Girl Scouts.