Marty Forth

University of Hong Kong

Marty Forth

University of Hong Kong


As a community leader with extensive experience in creating community programs, developing and managing complex collaborations and finding funding to support program and service creation, Marty’s professional experience has centered around addressing pressing social issues and community problems through successful program and service creation. Marty has developed community collaborations to meet the needs of the public, private & nonprofit communities with positive social impact & measurable and tangible results. And, Marty has a proven ability to engage with and lead with others, collaborate with diverse communities all with the goal to effectively foster inclusive based community change.

As a strategic thinker, he is skilled at making connections between businesses, nonprofits, and the public sectors to achieve results that have a clear impact in the community. He has a direct, personable, and empathic communication style while building relationships and working with diverse and disparate groups.

Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Hong Kong at the prestigious HKU with a focus on adoption and foster care.

Areas of unique skills and experience include:

  • PhD level research is focused on adoption, foster care and family formation in Hong Kong and Asia, including open adoption, and LGBT parenting.
  • Creation and management of youth, teen and Family programs and services
  • Executive level non-profit management
  • Mental Health and Social Work
  • College access, disconnected populations and other life-transition topics
  • Staff/Volunteer recruitment, management and training
  • Multi-faceted fundraising (gov’t, private, foundation, grant writing) and substantial fiscal management experience.
  • Human capital development experience
  • Creation of evaluation tools and extensive data management systems
  • LGBT populations, and identity issue.

Thesis Focus – Comparative analysis of Taiwan and Hong Kong, on the desire by LGBT adults to become parents. This research focuses on how culture, values, religion and faith, peers and family all influence the choice to become a parent by gay and lesbian adults.

Other current research topics – Money boys in Hong Kong; Gay and Parenting in Asia; Drag Queens and Drag Kings As an Inclusive & Reciprocal Identity; Non-Profit advocacy in Asia and Hong Kong.

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