In his capacity as the Chief Impact Officer, Dr. Martin leads the day-to-day oversight and management of all programming, services, and program-related operations at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the Comer Education Campus. Kendall is a mission-driven leader with extensive experience in steering nonprofit organizations to achieve positive outcomes, value diversity, and drive organizational change. Professional colleagues describe him as a collaborative leader with an appreciation and respect for individuals’ expertise and skill.
Before joining Comer, Dr. Martin was the Chief Program Officer for North Lawndale Employment Network. Before joining NLEN, Kendall served as an executive leader for Communities In Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs, and as an educational consultant for various school districts in Northwest Indiana. Kendall and his wife created the Martin Family Promise Scholarship, in which they award two graduating seniors from their hometown of Gary, Indiana with a scholarship to help ensure their transitional expenses to attend college. Dr. Martin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Indiana, a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a doctorate from Capella University.