Dr. Christa Martin, vice mayor of Columbia, has been selected as the one of the 2022 Women of Influence honorees by the Nashville Business Journal. The award is given out to women leading top companies and nonprofits, supporting their communities, and inspiring those coming behind them. Martin is one of 35 honorees in 10 categories being honored. Martin is presently the longest serving member of the Columbia City Council having first been appointed in 1992. She represented the city’s third ward until she was elected the first black female vice mayor in city history in 2014. Martin has served on the TML Board of Directors and was the inaugural recipient of the Bob Kirk Local Government Leadership Award. In addition to her service to Columbia, Martin has worked for Columbia State Community College as a programmer analyst, assistant director, and director of computer services since 1979. Martin presently serves as assistant to the president for access and diversity.