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Nicholas Martin

Community Impact Director | American Heart Association

"I envision Chicago as a city where equity exists regardless of the community where you reside. Through my work, I will continue to empower, advocate, and provide access to those communities who are often overlooked and under-resourced."


Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University, '11

Fun fact: I studied karate as a kid, and actually got a black belt when I was 11 years old.

Nicholas Martin is native of Memphis, TN. As the son of two educators, the importance of education was instilled in him at a very early age. He attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a minor in Medicine, Health, and Society. Following graduation from Vanderbilt, he decided it was critical to achieve a graduate degree. He relocated to Chicago and enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where he attained a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

With a desire to positively impact Chicago through community-based work, Mr. Martin gained employment with the Chicago Urban League with a focus in youth advocacy and mentoring. During his tenure at the Urban League, Nicholas led programs and initiatives centered on financial literacy, college readiness and access, as well as workforce development. Additionally, he worked to ensure youth were exposed to the world beyond their local community. To that end, Mr. Martin chaperoned students on the Chicago Urban League’s Student Ambassador Mission Trip to China for two years.

Currently, Nicholas serves as a Community Impact Director at the American Heart Association. In this role, he works to promote health equity and improve overall health outcomes for Chicago’s most vulnerable communities.

During his spare time, Nicholas is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he volunteers as a Den Leader with their Boy Scout Troop. He is also a musician for his church in Skokie, IL.