Director of Entrepreneurship Programming
As the Director of Entrepreneurship Marteen is implementing Urban Innovation21’s community-based entrepreneurship support programs. Marteen manages the development of community-based business education workshops and leads Urban Innovation21’s work in Homewood cultivating entrepreneur development opportunities for Homewood residents, managing strategic relationships with Homewood stakeholders and implementing business district revitalization strategies including spearheading the creation of the newly formed Homewood-Brushton Business Association.
Prior to joining Urban Innovation21, Marteen was the Manager of Community and Economic Development Initiatives at the Homewood Children’s Village. In this role Marteen worked on several community development projects producing events promoting arts and culture, implementing school safety programs and identifying business development opportunities for Homewood business owners.
Marteen was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, receiving her BA in Africana and Metropolitan Studies from New York University, and her MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Before transitioning to Pittsburgh, Marteen was an Assistant Program Director for the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City. Marteen is an alumna of Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program. She is the 2012 recipient of the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Otto A. Davis Award for exemplifying a commitment to race and social justice in Pittsburgh.