Dr. Brandon Martin
President/CEO Home Field 4 Champions/ California
As the President and CEO of Home Field 4 Champions, Martin will oversee the strategic direction of Home Field 4 Champions while implementing and ensuring its effective operations. In this role, Martin will partner with diverse communities to produce future leaders who are equipped with the tools and skills necessary to be competitive in sports, business, and life. Additionally, Martin will establish effective fundraising programs to advance the overarching mission of the organization. He will also represent Home Field 4 Champions to enhance the organizations community image and reputation.
In 2017, Martin was honored as one of Los Angeles’ 100 most influential African-Americans at the 2017 African-American Vanguard Awards. In his previous executive role, Martin served as the Director of Athletics at California State University, Northridge. From 2013-18, Martin lead the day-to-day operations of CSUN’s Division I athletics program that included a $15.8 million operating budget, 19 sport programs and over 400 student-athletes.
At CSUN, Martin increased athletics donations by 212%. This fundraising success resulted in several noteworthy athletics facility upgrades and enhancements including a new athletics conference room, a men’s basketball locker room expansion, new spectator seating, graphic displays, lobby renovations for the basketball facility and a redesigned concourse and plaza for the soccer complex. In addition to upgrading athletics facilities, Martin spearheaded a multi-year agreement with Dignity Health as “Official Healthcare Provider of Matador Athletics.”
Martin announced a multi-year, department-wide partnership with Under Armour, naming the brand the exclusive outfitter and supplier of CSUN Athletics. The partnership made CSUN Athletics Under Armour’s first public institution partner on the West Coast and its first Big West Conference non-football partner.
Martin sparked the creation of “Matadors Rising,” a new visual identity and complete re-branding initiative within CSUN Athletics. One unique feature of this campaign included an effort to connect with CSUN’s Spanish-speaking students, fans and alumni. “Matadores Ascendiendo” was developed as the primary messaging for Latino supporters and beginning in the summer of 2014, press releases, game day promotions and social media communications were also communicated in Spanish.
Previous to his appointment at CSUN, Martin served as a Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration at the University of Oklahoma.
Prior to his time in Oklahoma, Martin worked at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, Martin was also a Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
Coupled with his athletic duties and pursuits, Martin served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the USC Rossier School of Education. Martin has presented more than 40 papers, symposia and workshops at national higher education conferences. His dissertation entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Academically Driven African American Male Student-Athletes at Highly Selective Division I Universities” won the 2005 USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2005, he also earned the National Association of Academic Advisors award for Student-Athlete Excellence in Research.
Martin is a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity—Xi Boule.