Avery Martens (they/them/theirs) is a community organizer and strategist who builds power with people and communities most vulnerable to structural violence, working toward collective liberation for all people and the planet. Born in Cleveland, Avery grew up poor/working class in rural southwestern Ohio and currently lives back in Cleveland, with time spent in the San Francisco Bay Area in between. Currently, they are the statewide director for SURJ Ohio and a member of chapter leadership in the Northeast Ohio SURJ Chapter. Avery also organizes with the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition in Cleveland and supports movement work across the state. Avery has been working on social justice campaigns for 19 years.
Ohio State Director