Ray of HOPE
Los Angeles City Council Member, District 6
On July 23, 2013, Nury Martinez became the second Latina ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and the first in over 25 years. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Nury Martinez has dedicated her life to her community, working to create good-paying local jobs, keeping our communities safe and advocating for our children and students. A neighborhood watch captain, homeowner and a mother, Nury is focusing on getting back to the basics and delivering resources to Valley residents.
The product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Nury was proud to serve the community on the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013. As a leader on the School Board, Nury worked to expand access to quality education for all communities, raise standards for college and career readiness and ensure safe and secure schools for all students.
As the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, Nury worked to bring parties to the table to create economic opportunity with an eye towards environmental sustainability. Nury was able to help clean up the former Price Pfister toxic waste site and turned it into the Pacoima Plaza shopping center, a LEED certified facility that has brought hundreds of good paying jobs to the community.
The daughter of immigrants, Nury’s parents worked to instill the importance of community involvement in her from a young age. Her father was a dishwasher who took the bus everyday from Pacoima to Sherman Oaks while her mother worked on an assembly line at the Price Pfister factory in Pacoima. Her community involvement began early when Price Pfister announced plans to relocate local jobs to Mexico, ending hundreds of stable, union jobs that had provided, for the first time ever, healthcare coverage for Nury’s entire family. Nury organized to save local jobs that supported working families.
Nury’s family history and background in community organizing inspire her goals on the Los Angeles City Council. Nury will fight to attract and retain businesses that create solid middle class jobs.She will do this by revitalizing key commercial corridors, like the Van Nuys Corridor and the old Montgomery Ward site in the heart of PanoramaCity, with smart economic development plans.With her experience in the non-profit sector fighting for grant funds, Nury will work to finish the 40-acre Cesar Chavez park project and turn some of the existing landfills inSun Valleyinto more open space for the residents of Council District 6. She will also fight to fully fund public safety so that all our City's residents can count on faster emergency response times and well-trained first responders.
As the lone elected female member of the Los Angeles City Council, Nury takes her responsibility for speaking for the women of Los Angeles seriously noting that bringing a diversity of perspectives makes for good government. She is committed to encouraging and supporting girls and women to take leadership roles and be part of government; and is asking all of her colleagues to join her in carrying that flag forward.
Nury is a graduate of San Fernando High School and California State University at Northridge. She is an alumnus of the HOPE Leadership Institute, Class of 2000. She and her husband Gerry live in Sun Valley with their young daughter, Isabelle.