Councilwoman Nury Martinez Biography

Nury MartinezLearn more about the Councilwoman that represents the Sixth District of Los Angeles.

On July 23, 2013, Nury Martinez became the second Latina in over 25 years and the only woman elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices. A neighborhood watch captain, homeowner and mother, Nury is focused on getting to the basics and delivering resources to the Valley. From cleaning our streets and providing safe neighborhoods for our children to ensuring local, middle-class jobs, Nury is dedicated to fighting for the residents of the Sixth District.                                                              

Councilwoman Nury Martinez has dedicated her life to the San Fernando Valley where she was born and raised and was proud to serve her community on the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013.  The product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Nury led the School Board and was devoted to expanding access to quality education for all communities, raising standards for college and career readiness and ensuring safe and secure schools for all students.    

As the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, Nury brought together competing interests to create economic opportunity with an eye towards environmental sustainability. As a result, she was able to turn around the former Price Pfister toxic waste site and replace it with the Pacoima Plaza: a LEED certified facility that has brought hundreds of good paying jobs to the community.

The daughter of immigrant parents, Nury spent her childhood admiring her parents’ hard work and learning from them the importance of community involvement. Her father was a dishwasher who took the bus everyday from Pacoima to Sherman Oaks while her mother worked on an assembly line at the Price Pfister factory in Pacoima. This stable, union job provided, for the first time ever, healthcare coverage for Nury’s entire family. And when Price Pfister announced plans to relocate to Mexico, Nury organized to save local jobs that supported working families.

Today, the Councilwoman relies on her experience in community organizing and her family history to inspire her goals on the Los Angeles City Council. Nury has become a leader fighting against sex trafficking and the over concentration of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in the Sixth District. She is focused on revitalizing key areas – like the Van Nuys Corridor and the old Montgomery Ward site in the heart of Panorama City – with smart economic development plans to attract and retain businesses that create solid middle class jobs.

Additionally, she is making the Sixth District beautiful and sustainable by working with our industrial businesses in Sun Valley to consider the local community in their operations and using her experience fighting for grant funds to finish park projects like the 40-acre Cesar Chavez park.  And, to ensure our streets are safe and that residents can count on faster emergency response times and well-trained first responders, Nury is fighting to fully fund public safety.

In her unique role as the one of only two female members of the Los Angeles City Council, Nury is committed to encouraging and supporting girls and women to take leadership roles and be part of government. She firmly believes that diverse perspectives make good government. And while she is the only elected female voice in City Hall, she is committed to speaking for the women of Los Angeles and takes that responsibility seriously. Now she is asking all of her colleagues to join her in carrying that flag forward.

Nury is a graduate of San Fernando High School and California State University at Northridge. She and her husband Gerry live in Sun Valley with their young daughter, Isabelle.