City Council President Nury Martinez is a glass-ceiling shattering leader who brings profound life experience as the proud daughter of working-class immigrants, as well as years of legislative and community advocacy expertise, to the forefront of her work fighting for the families of the City of Los Angeles and the Sixth Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
In January 2020, Nury Martinez became the first Latina City Council President in the City Council's 171-year history. Leading the City through the COVID-19 pandemic, Council President Martinez led initiatives to keep Angelenos housed, keep food on their tables, and keep children in school virtually.
When elected to the City Council in 2013, Martinez was the only female elected official in the City of Los Angeles. Today, as one of just three women on the City Council, Councilwoman Martinez is a groundbreaking leader who champions a families first agenda and prioritizes bringing women’s rights issues to the forefront.
She helped lead the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the City of Los Angeles so that low-income and working-class families can make a living wage and take care of their children.
Council President Martinez created a task force and increased efforts to help women who are caught in the nightmare of human trafficking to escape and get the assistance they need. She also established Survivors First, the City’s first housing program directed towards domestic violence survivors and survivors of human trafficking.
Council President Martinez has worked with the State of California and the City of Los Angeles to tackle the homelessness crisis that faces our City. By partnering with Project Roomkey and Project Homekey during the pandemic, she was able to add hundreds of available beds across the City of Los Angeles for people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence survivors. Council District 6 is home to the most supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley, and Martinez is committed to building more while also advocating for a Citywide commitment to share the responsibility of housing the homeless equally. Council President Martinez has long been dedicated to doing more to address homelessness, while also ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our local communities.
As a lifelong environmental justice advocate, her “Green New Deal” agenda is focused on Environmental Justice first and foremost for low-income, people-of-color communities that historically suffer from polluted air, water and land more than other affluent communities.
Council President Martinez continues to lead on policy initiatives to increase “paid parental leave” in the City of Los Angeles in order to end archaic laws that punish women for having children, and so that mothers, and all parents, can properly care for and bond with their new-born infants without fear of losing their salaries or jobs.
A dedicated families-first advocate, Martinez is relentless in seeking public safety, transportation, and clean street resources for the families of the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Where City services cannot keep up with demand, Martinez has created in-house programs, like her unprecedented CD6 Clean Sweep Team and CD6 Sidewalk Improvement Program to supplement City-led illegal dumping cleanups and sidewalk repair.
She is also actively engaged in the redevelopment and activation of the main corridors in Council District 6 to create jobs, housing and services for our local communities. Council President Martinez is fully committed to redesigning issue-ridden Valley streets, and others, to improve access, safety and public transit and pedestrian use through Vision Zero – aimed at reducing pedestrian fatalities.
Martinez currently chairs the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment. Previously, as the Chair of the City’s Environmental, Climate Change & Environmental Justice Committee, Martinez led the committee and City Council in implementing progressive, sustainable environmental standards that make Los Angeles a national standard-bearer. Martinez also utilizes her skills as the former Executive Director of the non-profit Pacoima Beautiful, to push for environmental justice policies that focus on low-income communities of color severely impacted by years of bad environmental planning. Through Pacoima Beautiful and as a Councilwoman, Martinez worked on the City’s Clean Up, Green Up (CUGU) Initiative, to improve environmental standards in Sun Valley/Pacoima, Wilmington and Boyle Heights. CUGU also raised pollution-reduction filtration requirements citywide in new residential buildings constructed near freeways.
Councilwoman Martinez has dedicated her life to the San Fernando Valley where she was born and raised. The product of public schools, and the first in her family to graduate from college, she proudly served her community on the L.A. Unified School District Board from 2009-2013. Before that, Martinez served on the City of San Fernando Council from 2003-2009.
To encourage more young women to enter public service and become the next generation of leaders, Councilwoman Martinez created the “Ready for Women” Fellowship program, where highly motivated female college students are selected to intern at the Council District 6 offices. Since its launch in 2014, 23 young women have successfully completed the fellowship and three graduates of the program earned full-time jobs with Councilwoman Martinez!
Council President Nury Martinez 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.