Issaquah City Councilmember Tola Marts has built his career around finding innovative solutions to local and world-wide issues, through technology and community relationships.
He launched his career in engineering in the Bay Area, where he worked at a variety of engineering software companies. In 2003 he settled in Washington with his family so he could help build spacecraft for Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin. That’s also when he became more active in city and state politics through PTA efforts.
Marts was elected to Issaquah City Council in 2009 and became Council President in 2012. He won reelection in 2013, and is chair for the Services and Safety Committee. He is also the chair for the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee, and serves as an SCA representative for the King County Growth Management Policy Council and the Regional E911 Leadership Group.
Marts began work for Intellectual Ventures Lab in 2012, where he helped create innovative health care solutions for the world’s poorest people. There he manages a team of engineers who developed health care solutions for international aid organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, UNICEF and the WHO. Between 2012 and 2014 Marts travelled to Africa and Asia as part of developing humanitarian technology.
Marts volunteers for the Issaquah Meals Program and with St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where he was elected to the vestry.
Marts lives in Issaquah with his wife Tracy and his two children, Sophie and Aidan.