Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with a diverse set of experiences in emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive before and after emergencies. Boston will use a whole community, collective impact approach to partner with city agencies, civic organizations, residents, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and philanthropy to develop, implement, and track the progress of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Dr. Martin has served as adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University focusing on continuity of operations and critical infrastructure. She was most recently the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Among her previous positions, she served as a Senior Analyst and later the Homeland Security Supervisor and Acting Director at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center at the Boston Police Department. Additionally, Dr. Martin served as a regional planner for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management where she coordinated critical infrastructure and information sharing projects for the Urban Area Security Initiative Homeland Security Grant Program. In this role, she also managed public-private partnerships, emergency notifications, and emergency operations planning. She was also a civilian at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the Boston Field Intelligence Group and active duty Air Force assigned as a Serbian/Croatian linguist and analyst to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin holds an Associate of Arts in Serbian Croatian from the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and a Basic Life Support Instructor. Dr. Martin and her husband were born and raised in Boston where they currently live. They have five children: Sonja, Ryan, Raekwon, Roy Jr., and Sharoya.
Chief Resilience Officer, Boston