city council Government

Council Member Chad Martin

Chad Martin was elected to Martinsville City Council on November 8, 2016.  Martin served 2 years as Vice Mayor and was reelected to Council and began his second term on January 4, 2021.  
Council Member Chad Martin graduated from Carlisle School in 1997, is a graduate of Shaw University with a bachelor's degree in Religion & Philosophy; he studied at Shaw University Divinity School,  holds a Duke University certification in nonprofit management, a Leadership Plenty Train the Trainer Facilitator, (MVP) mentors in violence prevention train the trainer, and University of Virginia/Center for Disease Control certification as a Lifestyle Coach. Martin has worked in the nonprofit world for over 20 years as a community organizer, Hunger Justice Leader for Bread for the World, volunteer coordinator for the women’s shelter, CASA volunteer, suicide hotline trainer, Crisis Intervention Trainer for several law enforcement agencies, Vice-President of The Martin Luther King Jr. planning council, Good News Prison Ministry, reentry council, History United Advisory Council, Board member for Girls Scouts, Virginia Food System Council Board of Directors and many more.
Council Member Martin is currently working for the University of Virginia as Director of History United a project of Virginia Humanities. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Food System Council. He is a current 2019-2020 Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute , 2019-2020 Leadership Southside Fellow, 2018-2020 Virginia Tech VALOR Fellow, 2017-2018 Roanoke City works Xpo Fellow, DC ’17 Starting Bloc Fellow, and 2016-2017 Middle Border Forward Fellow. Chad was just recently inducted as a Global Goodwill Ambassador and he has spent the majority of his life in service to others and hopes one day someone can report that they have benefited from his help. 


Contact Information
334 E. Church Street, Apt. A
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: 276-734-3400