About Dina Marto

Building careers, talent & brands from the ground up.

Mission Statement:

My mission is to live fearlessly and with absolute confidence that the Universe will always deliver the necessary experiences for me at the most appropriate times. I believe that there is no such thing as failure, but instead, invaluable lessons that build my character and spirit. I want to inspire and serve the world through my words, actions and grace.


Dina Marto is a seasoned entrepreneur, having shattered gender and ethnic glass ceilings during her over 20 years as a music executive and small business owner. She is a female powerhouse, being known as the behind-the-scenes “secret weapon” to being in the forefront with her many TV cameos, #MartoMinute inspirational videos, panel discussions and speaking engagements. Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” list at just 27, Dina’s Arab-American roots make her an anomaly in a male-dominated arena, where women of her background have seen rare success. As the founder and visionary of Atlanta staple Twelve Music & Studios, established in 2012, she curated one of the South’s most sought-after creative environments to develop talent and produce Billboard-shattering hits for over a decade. In 2015, Dina received a Proclamation from the City of Atlanta for her contributions to the music industry.

Entrepreneurship has always been a fundamental part of Dina’s ideology, starting her first venture, an entertainment public relations firm, at age 19 while still in college. It was then that Dina was identified by music mogul and former Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid as a rising star executive, thus hiring her to work on his A&R team at Island Def Jam. During her tenure, she served as the right-hand to the late Shakir Stewart, then Executive Vice-President of Def Jam, and managed the label’s Atlanta office. This is where Dina developed an ear and eye for talent, acting as A&R coordinator for albums by Young Jeezy, Nas, Rick Ross, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J and more throughout a six-year period.

After the untimely passing of her mentor Shakir, and in true entrepreneurial fashion, Dina struck out on her own again and founded Twelve Music & Studios to nurture and secure the careers of artists, songwriters and producers through major record and publishing deals. She managed a hand-selected group of talent including Sony Music Publishing composer and musician Atia “Ink” Boggs, as well as, consults emerging and established artists. She has worked closely with rapper Rick Ross and super-producer Polow da Don, who both made Twelve Studios their creative home, along with Atlantic Records, Epic Records and Empire Distribution. Dina is on the management team for multi-hyphenate superstar Tip “T.I.” Harris and helped launch his popular podcast “expediTIously” which became #1 on Apple Podcasts. Dina continues to solidify her status as a highly recognized manager, thought leader and executive, aiming to authentically cultivate talent and partnerships as the “dot connector” between ideas, people and brands.

Continuing on her path as a builder, Dina partnered to form C & D The Agency in 2020; an all women-led marketing agency dedicated to empowering minority women and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Through the agency, Dina has provided opportunities for young professionals to work hands-on with national multicultural brands including Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Foria Wellness and tech startup Healthy Hip Hop.

Dina is a proud Palestinian who was born in Amman, Jordan and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oglethorpe University. Dina served as the Vice-Chair of Events for the Women In Music Atlanta Chapter for four years and was on the Creative Industries Board for Invest Atlanta. Presently, she has been appointed as a Board Member for the Georgia Entertainment Caucus and a Women In Music Global Ambassador. In 2023, Dina received another Proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for her impact in Entertainment and Media. She actively helps the community through her philanthropic endeavors, focused on inspiring minority women and entrepreneurs, and raising awareness about mental health.

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