Joseph S. Martz

Chief Executive Officer

Years with Merakey

“…The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.” - Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Joe Martz has nearly three decades of executive experience leading complex public and private sector organizations. His career includes senior management positions with the Board of Directors of City Trusts, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), and the City of Philadelphia. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Merakey USA, formerly NHS Human Services, Inc, a $600 million non-profit organization that provides a full range of services to individuals in the areas of behavioral health, education and autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mr. Martz previously served as Executive Director and Board Secretary of the Board of Directors of City Trusts where he managed a $650 million investment portfolio that benefited 118 Testamentary Trusts bequeathed to the City of Philadelphia. After joining the Board in 2007, Mr. Martz increased annual real estate investment returns by nearly 50%, improved the operating performance of its coal, water, and timbering businesses by more than $5 million annually, reduced annual operating expenses by $2 million and retired more than $90 million in long-term debt.

Prior to joining City Trusts, Mr. Martz was Secretary of Administration in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell where he instituted over $100 million in cost reduction, labor savings, and productivity initiatives. In addition to those achievements, he was also responsible for stewarding key strategic investments in Commonwealth agencies through the state’s Productivity Bank. These investments saved Pennsylvania taxpayers over $25 million and helped create over 1,000 new jobs.

Prior to joining the Rendell Administration, Mr. Martz served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Government Solutions Division at ACS beginning in 2001. During his tenure, he significantly expanded the company’s client base by restructuring sales teams, creating new product offerings and overseeing the complete realignment of service operations. Under his direction, the Division realized double digit increases in annual revenue growth and profitability and grew to be the largest information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) organization serving local governments in North America.

Mr. Martz’s long-standing commitment to public service began in 1992 with his appointment as the City of Philadelphia’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Property. In that position, he competitively contracted the operation and maintenance of over 2 million square feet of government office space and saved the City more than $20 million. Additionally, he envisioned and implemented CityNET, the first fully redundant video, voice, and data network in the City’s history. Mr. Martz later served as First Deputy Managing Director where he negotiated municipal landfill agreements and restructured sanitation collection routes in order to save the city over $80 million. He also managed the design and roll out of the Police Department’s first mobile data communication system which enables patrol officers to electronically review drivers license and vehicle ownership information as well as criminal history records.

Mr. Martz’s career with the City of Philadelphia culminated in 2000 with his appointment as Managing Director. As the City’s Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for managing thirteen operating departments and a 20,000-person municipal workforce with an annual operating budget of $2.75 billion. In addition to successfully negotiating key labor and community agreements he also implemented strategic mayoral initiatives that included removing 40,000 abandoned cars in 40 days, cleaning 31,000 vacant lots in one year, and instituting a snow removal plan that plowed all city streets for the first time in the City’s history.

A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Martz serves on the boards of the Mother of Mercy House and Merakey USA. In 2023, Mr. Martz was appointed to Philadelphia’s Mayor-elect Cherrelle Parker’s Transition Committee, helping to build the new diverse, effective, and technically proficient administration that will focus on making Philadelphia the safest, cleanest, and greenest in the nation with economic opportunity for all. He has previously served on the boards of Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), Community College of Philadelphia, the Police Athletic League, the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Hero Scholarship Fund. Mr. Martz has received numerous awards including the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal from the Pennsylvania National Guard – the highest commendation the Guard can bestow upon a civilian. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and has received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University.