Atyia Martin was named first-ever Chief Resilience Officer of Boston. In this role, the 36-year-old coordinates efforts to respond to the city?s unexpected disasters such as flooding, as well as endemic problems in minority communities such as lack of affordable housing and educational opportunities. To this end, she is working with city officials and members of Boston?s diverse communities to launch programs to increase access to job training into growing industries and promote equity throughout the city.
She routinely hosts community town halls where she and other officials hear what residents have to say about sensitive issues; she then incorporates their thoughts and solutions into the city?s plans. Martin comes to the Chief Resilience Officer position after four years as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Health Commission, where she coordinated services for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Martin has worked for the FBI and NSA, and is a published author and popular public speaker.