Women Entrepreneurs (WE) NYC is a New York City initiative that aims to raise up thousands of female business-owners from underserved communities. As Director of WE NYC, Marti launched and managed innovative programs on leadership, access to capital and mentorship. The role not only harnessed Marti's passion for women's empowerment and entrepreneurship, but also built upon Marti's decade of experience starting, running and selling her own small business.
Prior to that, Marti served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs, the agency tasked with enforcement of consumer protection laws and empowerment of low-income New Yorkers. Marti's career began in the private sector as a senior manager at a global technology company where she oversaw a market development team covering seven countries, but her desire to have a positive impact inspired a transition to public service.
Marti was elected Democratic State Committeewoman for the 74th Assembly District and is President of Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats. She was previously Vice President of Village Independent Democrats and chaired the Presidential Forum that 25 Democratic Clubs participated in. Marti was appointed by Council Member Dan Garodnick to be a member of Community Board 5. She sits on the Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee and the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID).
Marti has been a dedicated volunteer building homes and raising funds for, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of, Habitat for Humanity NYC. She is on Habitat for Humanity's Leadership Council and Chair of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build 2017. Marti also was appointed to the NYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue Community Advisory Board, which is a vital link between the hospital and the communities served by it.
Marti grew up in Rochester, NY and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where began her activism as president of Penn's chapter of N.O.W. Marti earned her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University where she focused her studies on entrepreneurship. Marti is married to Dr. Roderick Wong and they reside on the east side of Manhattan with their children, Gia and Leo.