African American Males Positively Impacting Others

John Martin’s Biography


John Martin is the CEO and Founder of the Young Black Male (YBM) Leadership Alliance, a non-profit organization focusing on leadership development, college preparation and career readiness for young black men. YBM Leadership Alliance‘s vision is to create a new reality by developing a generation of future leaders.


Inspired by his guidance counselor’s comment in his senior year of high school that he was not “college material” and many years later a vision from God during a Get Motivated conference, John was led in 2006 to start the organization that is now known as YBM Leadership Alliance.


The first event, which was a leadership conference at University Park Baptist Church in 2007, was a tremendous success with over 300 young black men and parents in attendance. Over the years John has gathered a team of passionate like-minded professionals to help refine and execute the vision of Creating A New Reality by developing future generations of leaders.


In addition to his work as CEO and Founder of YBM, John is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School African American Males Task Force, the Male Leadership Academy Board,

Central Piedmont Community College Minority Male Mentoring Advisory Board, Vance Academy of Engineering and the SAME Academy Board.


John’s professional career has spanned more than 20 years in the Telecommunications, Information Technology, and Software Development industries. He has served in a variety of leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies and JDS Uniphase where he managed multi-million dollar cross-functional international programs and projects. John has also taught advanced project management at the Keller Graduate School of Management.

John holds a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, both in Computer Science. He earned the designation of Certified Project Management Professional [PMP] from PMI in 1995.


John and Tammy, his wife of 20 years, are both second degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Jalyn, their daughter, also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and plays volleyball.


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