Martell Covington
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Senate of Pennsylvania, Legislative Aide

Martell Covington was born & raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the neighborhood of Homewood. He grew up in community organizing & activism. Community Empowerment Association was founded by his family (Stepfather & Mother) in the living room of their home in Homewood.

A student of Pittsburgh Catholic schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade. He graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Martell attended Howard University in the District of Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. While at Howard, Martell became a founding member of “The Society of Collegiate Black Men”, a fraternal organization solely at Howard University.

Martell worked 8 years for Community Empowerment Association in multiple positions. He managed events while serving as Program Coordinator of the African American Leadership Institute. Later becoming Assistant Director of Youth & Family Services, he supervised afterschool school programing, Saturday University & summer camps. Martell coordinated Community Empowerment’s Pittsburgh Black Family Reunion for 12 years.

Martell recently joined the Office of Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa, Democratic Leader. As Legislative Aide.

Martell has completed trainings & certifications in educational development, social justice and youth organizing. Completing Training for Trainers with Dr. Joy DeGruy and SOUL, School of Unity & Liberation Training for Trainers. He also attended of “Free Minds Free People” national conference in Oakland, California in 2015.

Mr. Covington sat on Mayor Peduto’s Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Transition Team. He was elected class representative of the City of Pittsburgh’s Civic Leadership Academy, Spring 2018. He’s currently a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s Public Engagement Working Group.

Finding a way to infuse his love for youth mentoring, sports & Homewood. Martell became a football & softball coach for Homewood Community Sports, where he is also Director of Sports Programs.

Martell is the president of the Howard University Alumni Chapter of Pittsburgh. He serves on the United States board of directors for CameroonFDP (Cameroon Football Development Program). In 2016, Martell traveled to Cameroon in West African calling the trip “life changing”. A member of the Western Pennsylvania Council of HBCU Alumni board of directors. Martell is working to create a scholarship geared towards students from the Pittsburgh area that want to attend HBCUs.

Another passion of Martell’s is film, directing his first project in 2018, a seven-part web series called “LWB” (Living While Black). Martell is currently writing a feature length & a short film that he plans to direct.