Michelle Martin, VP of Collaboration and Innovation

Michelle Martin began her work with NAZ when it was the Peace Foundation. She prides herself on helping to repair broken systems in ways that shift power back to the community — enabling neighbors themselves to drive the positive change on the Northside.


Michelle chaired the formative NAZ steering committee of organizations and residents that resulted in NAZ’s common goal to prepare youth to be college-ready within a geographic Zone of North Minneapolis, designed the NAZ service-delivery model with strong families at the center, built the family-engagement process with one-on-one support from neighborhood leaders, developed the NAZ Connect online achievement planning and tracking tool, and led the NAZ “seal of effectiveness” quality assurance process. Michelle holds a social work degree from Valparaiso University.