Saige will be the first openly LGBTQ, Latinx person on the Raleigh City Council
Saige Martin was born to a 15-year-old Puerto Rican father and a 15-year-old mother in foster care. Upon finding out she was pregnant, Saige’s mother was forced out of her home and Saige grew up homeless.
Growing up homeless showed Saige what it meant to fight for those that you love. It showed him what it meant to put your people first and how to stand up to injustice and inequality.
Saige was the first person from his biological family and adopted family to go to college. He received a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, HI. At HPU Saige was elected Student Body President as a sophomore where he worked with the city, county and Governor’s office on multiple issues affecting the student body.
After HPU, Saige began a job with the United Nations in Istanbul, Turkey where he worked with refugees from all over the middle east. This work took him to the easternmost provinces of Turkey where he worked hand-in-hand with Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war.
A year later Saige took an opportunity at headquarters to work for the UN Millennium Campaign in New York City. He met his soon-to-be husband who grew up in Raleigh. And after a year of intense travel for work, he made Raleigh his home.
In 2012 Saige worked for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in southern Philadelphia, and in 2015 was hired as one of the first 100 people for the Hillary for America campaign as a consultant.