Public Artwork for the Future Pomona Gold Line Station Stephen Farley, Artist

Hall of Gratitude

Debra Martin

Submitted by her daughter Debra Martin

Debra showed me the power of community

Debra Martin has been a community leader, volunteer, activist, artist, business owner, and part of the Pomona Community for the past 35 years. My mom has been an inspiration to so many in our city and has shown our city what community means. Debra has dedicated countless hours of service to Pomona by being a city commissioner for the past 20 years, a member of the Pomona historical society, and a city council member for Pomona. She has made a difference in so many peoplespeople’s lives in the city.

Below is a list of things Debra Martin has been a part of in Pomona:

  • City Council 2012-2016
  • 1985 Began a resident of Pomona
  • 1987 Pomona Heritage Member
  • 1995-2020 business owner in Pomona, Photography
  • 1999 Partners in Preservation Exceptional Merit Award
  • 1999 Cultural Arts Commissioner for the City of Pomona (served 9 years)
  • 2000 Created the First Annual Mural/Art Competition for PUSD high school students through the Cultural Arts Commission
  • 2005 Created the first Public Art Policy Handbook with the Cultural Art Commission
  • 2006 Merit award supporting Juneteenth of America
  • 2006 Help create the first annual Chalk Art Festival for PUSD students through the Cultural Art Commission and collaborated with the City of Pomona Library to make it part of the Big Read Program
  • 2007 Created the first Public Art Inventory website in California through the Cultural Art Commission
  • 2008-2012 Vehicle Parking District Commissioner for the City of Pomona 2008-2012
  • 2008 Received “Goddess of Pomona” in honor of dedicated service in our community
  • 2009 Received the Grace Napolitano Congressional Woman of the Year Award
  • 2009 Received the Key to the City of Pomona Award,
  • 2009/2010 “Women of Excellence” National Association of Professional and Executive Women registry
  • LA County Oversight Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commissioner (City of Pomona)
  • Elected L.A. County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Delegate California Democratic Party
  • 2019 President of Pomona Valley Democratic Club

Photos & stories of people from Pomona who made a difference

Gabe showed me the power of courage