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Kamaal Martin

Vice President of Networks and Initiatives

Contact me about strategic initiatives, collaborative philanthropy, and learning opportunities.


Kamaal Martin is vice president of Programs and Initiatives at Catalyst, where he spearheads program design and transformative partnerships across sectors. Kamaal’s passions are arts & culture, community development, finance, improving our local food system and raising the quality of life throughout the San Diego/Tijuana region.

Before founding San Diego-based social enterprise and consulting firm, Art Power Equity, he developed a unique skill set and network through professional experiences including: Director of Advocacy (Southern California) with the California Charter School Association, Adjunct Faculty (Political Science) in the San Diego Community College District, Government Relations Specialist with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and years as a staffer in the California State Assembly, including roles as Field Director, Special Assistant to the Speaker and District Director.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in International Studies, he’s served on the boards/advisory groups of numerous community organizations including: years on the board of directors with Project New Village 501(c)3 and Somali Youth United 501(c)3 and is a former chair of the NAACP San Diego’s Political Action Committee.  He currently lives in Lemon Grove, CA, with his partner and two teenage daughters.

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