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Martin Welles

Martin is a 15-year resident of Southwest Waterfront DC. Since 2011, he has served as the President of the Amidon-Bowen PTA and under his leadership has increased enrollment from 229 to 342 students with approximately 85 percent coming from in-bounds. During his tenure as PTA President, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (DCPS) has undergone a stunning Phase I capital renovation and dramatically improved the playground area to include a competition soccer field and high-end playground equipment. New windows for the school are scheduled to be installed in early 2014. He serves as a volunteer coach for the soccer, cross-country and the track team which, in its first year of competition, has produced city champions in the shot put, hurdles, and 400 yard relay.  He has formed partnerships with DC United, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and the Washington Navy Yard to name but a few Ward 6 organizations. He is also a participating member of the Capitol Hill Public School Parents Organization (CHPSPO) and has teamed up with parents city-wide to advocate on behalf of quality education for students.

Marty is a labor and employment attorney with the federal government. He has litigated more than 100 cases including complex and high-stakes cases involving pay, benefits, and medical issues.  He has also negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements valued at up to $40 billion in wages and benefits.

His post-graduate degrees include an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center; an LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution with Highest Honors from The George Washington University College of Law; a JD in Civil Law and an M.A. in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans.

He and his wife have three children enrolled at Amidon-Bowen who have also attended Appletree Charter School. His family has not owned a car since 1999 and he relies upon public transportation and his durable Segway to traverse the District of Columbia.