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“It is the time to find ways to nurture our community and our institutions back to good health. It is time for all citizens to step up and do their part. As your Council-at-Large, I am doing my part. Won’t you help?” -Nathaniel Martin
You can tell what’s in a person’s heart by the type of work they perform because everyone decides their own life’s path. As a city-wide leader, East Cleveland Councilman-at-large Nathaniel Martin has served the City of East Cleveland for 22 years. He is a proud sponsor of legislation that sent $10,000 for Shaw High School students to represent the United States and perform in Beijing, China. In 2008, Councilman-at-large Nathaniel Martin sponsored legislation in the amount of $50,000 that employed 25 of our youth in the first city-run summer youth employment program. His resume does not reflect the heart of a man driven by money; it reflects the heart of a man driven by the need to serve others.
From the beginning of his career in social services, Nathaniel Martin worked with gang members while employed with the Hough House helping them to get off the street, return to school, and find jobs. He worked with welfare mothers for Cleveland Works helping them to develop confidence and find jobs. He worked with prisoners for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department helping prisoners eliminate old habits and find a new path to follow in life. He worked with high-risk women in need of prenatal care at Harvard Community Services center and made referrals to appropriate medical and social services agencies. He also worked with Americans Coming Together, a countywide voter registration and voter education project. He formerly worked with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as a Legal Courier. Presently he is an Educational Assistant working with youth in the Euclid City School District. It seems that whenever you find people in need, you’ll find Nathaniel Martin.
Nathaniel Martin believes that the issues we must deal with immediately in East Cleveland are economic development, abandoned homes and vacant properties, tall weeds, and grass, and paving streets. He also believes that we must acknowledge and recognize that we are profoundly and deeply connected to each other. Therefore, Nathaniel Martin acknowledges the need for everyone to work together and aims to promote a spirit of cooperation between city council and administration.
Scholarships, Awards, and Merits: Completed Parent to Parent Training- Dragon Slayer Program Cleveland Public School Office of Health Education—Spring 1997, Graduate 1996—Leadership Academy—Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Cleveland State University, Graduate Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland Program – Cleveland State University, Center for Neighborhood Development.
Activities and Interests: Unified Parent Council Parent Involvement Committee- Three-year Strategic Planning and Communications Committee- Parent Participant in the Panther Parent Patrol—Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School. Former School Community Council Chairman—Captain Arthur Roth Elementary School 1995 to 1997. Former PTA President—Marotta Montessori School of Cleveland and Former Member of the Board of Trustee’s 1983-1987. President Nela Residential Association. President of the Men’s Fellowship, Euclid Avenue Congregational Church; Kappa-Alpha-Psi Fraternity; Kiwanis Club.
Meetings Open To Everyone:
Every third Thursday of each month, Councilman Martin holds a community meeting at the East Cleveland Public Library located at 14101 Euclid Ave. from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. These meetings are open to all.