Passionate, outspoken, and insightful, Areva Martin, a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, is one of the nation’s leading voices in the media. A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, award-winning civil rights attorney, advocate, legal and social issues commentator, and talk show host, Martin is an audience favorite on a long list of shows from Dr. Phil, The Doctors to World News Tonight. A CNN and HLN Legal Analyst and Contributor whose television credits include co-hosting CBS’ Face the Truth and the Emmy Award-winning show, The Doctors, Martin is currently the host of the web-based in-depth current affairs talk show, The Special Report with Areva Martin and Areva Martin Out Loud on KBLA Talk Radio.
Martin is the founding member of Martin & Martin, LLP, one of Los Angeles’ premier African American female-owned law firms. She has been identified as a California Super Lawyer for the last five years, an honor bestowed on the top five percent of California’s attorneys. She is also the Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., one of the nation’s leading disability, children’s health, and social justice nonprofits. The organization has provided services to hundreds of thousands of children and families through its innovative ABA intervention and advocacy initiatives. Under Martin’s leadership, Special Needs Network has been the lead sponsor of critical legislation that impacts millions of individuals with disabilities and provides for increased services and resources, including California’s insurance laws that mandate coverage for autism therapies. Martin has raised millions of dollars for autism and related causes. In addition to her health advocacy work, she founded and is CEO of Butterflly Health, Inc. This first-of-its-kind mental health digital platform for underserved Medicaid populations. Martin and Butterflly are on a mission to eliminate the barriers and stigma that prevent millions of individuals from seeking and obtaining critical mental and behavioral health services while substantially reducing the cost of such services.
Martin’s novels serve as information for their targeted audiences. Martin’s second book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism is a seminal how-to guide for parents of children with autism and other disabilities. In her third book, Make It Rain: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand, Martin shares insider’s tips on how to find your authentic voice, amplify it and use it to grow your influence and power. Her fourth book (Leadership), Awakening: Ladies, Leadership and the Lies We’ve Been Told is dedicated to helping women worldwide recognize, own, and assert their limitless power.
Ebony, CNN.com and Thrive Global published her multiple editorials on racial and gender equity, leadership, success principles, mentorship, and disability rights. Read regularly by millions, she has also been featured in Power Magazine, Redbook, Essence, Gladys, and CEO Mom. Martin has won a myriad of awards, including the L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth, California Black Caucus Leadership Award, Los Angeles County Women of the Year, Ford’s Living Legend Award, Hollyrod Foundation’s Angel on the Path, James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and Union Bank’s Neighborhood Hero Award. Her achievement list is never-ending, symbolizing her efforts do not go unrecognized in the public eye.