Michelle-Martin-240x300Michelle Martin, COO

For more than a decade, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Chief Operating Officer, Michelle Martin, has been leading change efforts in the North Minneapolis community. Formerly a licensed social worker, she focuses on building solutions for sustained community change that move beyond the social services paradigm.

As the architect of the NAZ organization, she works to repair broken systems in ways that shift power back to the community—enabling neighbors themselves to drive the positive change on the Northside.

Ms. Martin chaired the formative NAZ steering committee of organizations and residents that resulted in our common goal to prepare youth to be college ready within a geographic Zone of North Minneapolis. She designed the NAZ service delivery model with strong families at the center; built our family engagement process with one-on-one support from neighbor leaders; developed the NAZ Connect online achievement planning and tracking tool; and leads the NAZ seal of Effectiveness quality assurance process.

Today, Ms. Martin acts as a partner with our President & CEO in leading the NAZ effort.