Chief of Innovation
City of AtlantaTorri Martin is currently the Chief of Innovation for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed
Management (DWM). Torri leads the innovation effort, playing a vital role in connecting DWM to the
external community and positioning DWM in becoming a leading water utility in innovation, service, and
value. As a major collaborator of the DWM leadership team, Torri ensures member and stakeholder
satisfaction, positive staff morale and fiscal viability of the division while maximizing the impact on
innovation and the growth of DWM.
Mr. Martin has a vast array of professional experience as a former White House Intern for the Obama
Administration, overseeing the technology operations for the District of Colombia Public schools, and
serving as Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Fairburn, Georgia; he brings practical
experience to building a culture of innovation.
Mr. Martin joined the City of Atlanta in June of 2015 as a Senior Project Manager in the Mayor’s Office of
Innovation Delivery and Performance but was quickly promoted to be the Interim Director of the Fiber
Atlanta Services Team. Mr. Martin was then tapped to establish the City’s SmartATL program and became
its first Director. Now as the Chief of Innovation for DWM, he is responsible for building out the
department’s “Smart H2O” strategy and leading the digital transformation for DWM to become a “Utility
of the Future”.
Mr. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University, a master’s
degree in Public Administration from Troy University, a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall School of
Law and is a Certified Public Manager. Mr. Martin is a native of Dublin, Georgia and currently resides with
his wife, LaTasha, in Atlanta, Georgia.