Born and raised in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh, Martell Covington served as a legislative aide to Democratic Leader, Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa. Martell’s family founded Community Empowerment Association (CEA), a culturally targeted social service organization with over twenty-five years of service to the east side of Pittsburgh. Martell grew up involved in CEA’s activities, leading him to develop, and later leverage, long standing grassroots relationships and community organizing skills to advocate for the people in Homewood and surrounding communities.
Martell is a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Howard University. In 2018, he was a New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 honoree and member of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 class. Martell is also a member of New Leaders Council- Pittsburgh Chapter 2019 class and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative XXVII (2019-2020).
Martell is a football and softball coach for Homewood Community Sports, and Founder and President of the Black Viking Alumni Society of Central Catholic. He is a United States-based board member of Open Field International, a youth soccer leadership development organization working in Cameroon, West Africa and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Martell is currently Board Chair for Community Empowerment Association and most recently joined the Kelly Strayhorn Theater Board of Directors.
In July of 2021, Martell was elected as Vice President for the Young Democrats of Allegheny County where he currently still serves.
Martell hopes to build on his love for community education, civic engagement, and developing authentic relationships through sports and other out of school programming, while bringing community engagement to the forefront of his community. He hopes to amplify the forgotten issues of the communities in his district.