Meet a Staffer: Legal assistant helps make a difference

Name: Greta Martens

Where and when I was born: Wausau, Wis., in 1996.

Education: I have a B.A. from Hamline University in history and a minor in legal studies.

Family: One younger brother and two wonderful parents.

How I came to work at FFRF: My significant other was a legal intern at FFRF last summer and had an amazing experience. When I found out there was going to be an opening for a legal assistant, I knew I had to apply.

What I do here: Whatever the attorneys need done, such as filing with the court, organizing, doing research on anything and everything.

What I like best about it: I like knowing that I’m making a real difference. I get to come in every day and see the outcome of all of our hard work.

What gets old about it: Putting physical files away. I’m willing to take those papercuts for FFRF though.

I spend a lot of time thinking about: Politics and whatever comic I last read.

I spend little if any time thinking about: Being petty or mean. I like to stay positive as much as I can.

My religious upbringing was: Kind of intense. I went to a religious elementary school and was a regular churchgoer with my family.

My doubts about religion started: In middle school, when I realized I had little worth as a woman to the church. It was hard not to question everything else after that.

Things I like: Reading DC comics, going for hikes, free samples and taking road trips to random states.

Things I smite: People who litter and bigots.

In my golden years: I’ll be relaxing on the shores of Lake Superior and yelling at the youth to get off my beach.

What’s your favorite podcast?: I religiously listen to the “NPR Politics Podcast,” “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” and “This American Life.”

Greta Martens holds up a protest sign during a visit to the Wisconsin Capitol by Vice President Pence on Jan. 28 to promote religious vouchers. (Photo by Chris Line)
Greta Martens takes a break while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.