Mayor David Martin
David Martin was elected Mayor on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in as the 31st Mayor of Stamford on December 1, 2013.
Attracted by a city that offered a diverse population, the opportunity for professional growth and a great place to raise a family, David and his late wife, Judy, moved to Stamford over thirty years ago. What Stamford also offered was a chance to become involved in the community, which, for David, translated into successfully running for a seat on the Board of Representatives in the 19th District. It was a seat he held for the next 26 years.
During that time, David forged a reputation as a passionate and determined legislator, who asked tough questions, built bipartisan consensus, and found effective and balanced solutions to the city’s problems. He wrote and led the passage of many laws and ordinances that have changed Stamford for the better. Among them are the city’s purchasing ordinance, the senior tax abatement program and the creation of the Downtown Special Services District. As a champion of transparency in government, he was the first official to start videotaping public meetings (now required of all elected boards) and to publish agendas, minutes and public documents on the City of Stamford’s website. As a result of his experience and leadership skills, he served his last eight years on the board as its President. In the past two years David served on the Board of Finance, where he chaired the financial policy committee.
David has also made valuable contributions to the several community and city boards on which he’s served. These include the Stamford Police Foundation, Stamford Emergency Medical Services (which he helped form), the Stamford Investment Advisory Committee and the Stamford Partnership’s Executive Committee.
Supported by his strong belief in public education, in 2008, David and Judy established the Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and enrichment services to low-income students in Stamford. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding.
David holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.