Terrence Martin, Sr.
AFT Vice President
Terrence Martin, Sr. is executive vice president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT), a union committed to providing Detroit’s students and their families with safe, thriving and welcoming public schools. An outspoken advocate for social, educational and economic justice, Martin has spent the past decade fighting for students, educators and the people of Detroit. He is a native of Detroit and attended Detroit public schools.
Martin began his advocacy as a second-grade teacher at John Lynch Elementary on the east side of Detroit, where he became a building representative. His activism led him to the elected role of treasurer of the DFT.
After serving as treasurer for many years, Martin served in a variety of staff capacities at the DFT: labor relations administrator, community engagement coordinator and political action director.
He has been instrumental in reshaping how the DFT organizes and mobilizes its membership, parents and the community. Martin serves on the Michigan Education Justice Coalition and the 13th Congressional District Democratic Committee.
Martin attended Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He also received a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit.
He is an athlete who played basketball in high school and college and as a semi-professional. Martin is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and the proud father of a son who is a public school student in Detroit.