Martin was adopted at the age of eight from Sofia, Bulgaria and arrived to Federal Way in 1992. From the beginning, his parents, both educators, instilled in him the importance of putting others before yourself and giving back to your community.
Martin attended Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, where he was an Alter Server. He completed all levels of his basic education in the Federal Way public school system and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.
Following his college graduation, Martin returned to Federal Way and continued his community service in the city by serving as a Federal Way Parks and Recreation Commissioner since 2007. In addition, he also served in the Federal Way Public Schools AmeriCorps program from 2009 to 2011, where he tutored, led after-school programs, and helped at-risk students achieve their goal of attending college.
Over the last several years, Martin has been a volunteer with numerous organizations that work toward ending homelessness, including Monday Night Suppers, Reach Out men’s shelter, and FUSION housing assistance. Currently, he works as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Roger Freeman helping those in Olympia understand and address the issues affecting the citizens of Federal Way and other nearby communities.
Martin is a proud to many family members in the Federal Way area, including a three-year-old nephew and a soon-to-arrive niece. He wants to make Federal Way a place where dreams can come true for their generation, just as it was for a orphan child from Bulgaria years ago.