​Fertile Ground Communications

Portland, Oregon


Tel: 503-860-6351

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How I Can Help

Corporate Communications

According to a Gallup study, only 34 percent of employees are engaged at work. Let's engage your best employees with outstanding, transparent communication! Here's how I can help:

  • Prepare a targeted communications plan with solutions tailored to your organizational strategy and values

  • Help your executives and leaders communicate thoroughly and effectively

  • Write internal communications that boost morale and engagement

  • Transform your Intranet so it's a #1 go-to information source

  • Produce polished, concise, and dynamic presentations

Public relations and
thought leadership

You work for a great organization that is doing amazing things, but does anyone else know about it? Let me toot your horn!

  • Winning industry award applications

  • Pithy press releases and pitches

  • Ghostwritten articles and white papers to showcase your thought leadership

  • Attention-getting conference papers and presentations

  • Websites that appeal to your clients and prospective staff

  • Fun, eye-catching social media

  • Recruiting strategy that puts you in the best light

Marketing and business development

Make your proposal or marketing collateral stand out above the crowd. Sometimes the competition is equal, so you need that advantage.

Client-focused. Creative. Concise. Compliant.


Engage me when the RFP drops or at any of the review stages, and I'll give you an edge in the tight competition!

Sustainability and corporate citizenship leadership

Sustainability, philanthropy, and equity & inclusion are my personal passions.

Would you like to develop a company strategy for sustainability or corporate giving?

Are you thinking about issuing an annual sustainability report or setting up an environmental management system to measure and report on your triple-bottom-line impacts?

Does your company want to develop an equity & inclusion strategy and action plan?

I can help you assess the possibilities and flesh out a plan that will get you on the map. As marketing communications manager for CH2M's global sustainability program and the CH2M Foundation, as well as co-project manager for CH2M's Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report, I'm well equipped to help any company advance its leadership position in sustainability, community engagement, or equity & inclusion.

Project deliverable management and technical writing/editing

Are your documents consistent, free of typos, in one voice, and organized in an easy-to-read, methodical way? I can help:

  • Corral your team and coordinate authors and reviewers to produce documents in one voice and with the level of quality you need

  • Set up a document management program with in-house style guides, online tools, and templates

  • Edit your documents, from a light fatal flaw proofread to a comprehensive, thorough edit

  • Ghostwrite technical articles, white papers, presentations, or reports

  • Provide one-on-one writing coaching or training to groups

Leadership consulting

I love nothing better than helping people be their best or pursue and express their "whys."


I can meet with you or your teams, assess your organization, and help you make it better. I have over 20 years of leadership experience building and maintaining high-performing teams.


Whether you need to address a performance management issue, hire a strong staff, polish some rough edges, or enhance an already strong team, I can help.

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About me

When someone asked what I would like on my headstone,
I knew the answer immediately:


“She inspired.”


I tell stories to inspire and turn dry language into compelling communications. I thrive when I can help people be their best.

I'm a social and environmental change agent, driven to make the world a better place...passionately committed to outstanding communications; positively affecting the environment, society, and the economy; and helping clients create a healthy, vibrant future for generations to come. 

I have nearly 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, proposal manager, publications manager, and communicator. I look forward to working with you.

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Marie Gettel-Gilmartin
Photo by Kendra Joy Photography


Company Awards

World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

American Consulting Engineers Council Oregon, Washington, and national awards

Environmental Business Journal/Climate Change Business Journal awards

American Public Works Association awards

APEX (communications) awards

Awards for Colleagues

Corporate Eco Forum Amazon Leadership Program (wrote applications)

Daily Journal of Commerce Women of Vision Awards

Daily Journal of Commerce Phenoms Under 40 Awards

CH2M HILL CEO Excellence Awards

Awards I've Won

Two APEX Grand Awards

Three Awards for Publications Excellence

International Association of Business Communications (IABC) Bronze Beacon Awards of Excellence

IABC Bronze Beacon Awards of Merit



"Marie is an empathetic, compassionate, and dedicated communications leader. Marie has done a fantastic job crafting communications for me to share about new initiatives, staffing changes, updated policies, and sensitive information. With her brilliance, empathy, and professionalism, she creates masterful communications. Her talent has helped make me successful as an HR leader."


-Keith Biggs, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Director, Otak


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