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Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez Elected NALEO President

Michele Martinez
Michele Martinez (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) elected Santa Ana Councilmember Michele Martinez as its new President following the 32nd NALEO Annual Conference which took place this past weekend in Las Vegas. NALEO is the non-partisan leadership organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.

Elected to serve a one-year term, Martinez commented, “I am humbled and honored that my colleagues have chosen me to lead this organization during such an exciting and historic time for our community. I am ready to do my part to continue to help our nation’s Latino elected officials develop the leadership and governance skills they need to be effective advocates for their communities.”

NALEO is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors. Councilmember Martinez takes over the role of President from outgoing NALEO President and California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla. “I look forward to working with Councilmember Martinez to further our mission, empower the Latino community and strengthen our democracy,” stated Padilla.

Congratulating Councilwoman Martinez, Mayor Miguel Pulido remarked, “Michele’s enthusiasm, strong experience, and passion for public service will undoubtedly make her a great NALEO President.” To learn more about NALEO, visit their website at


  1. jose s. jose s. June 23, 2015

    how embarrassing.

    • RHackett RHackett June 24, 2015

      She put her name on the ballot and won. I may or may not agree with her positions on many issues, but she ran for office and won.

      Americans complain about the quality of their political leaders then do nothing but sit on the couch and throw stones at those who put their hat in the ring.

  2. David Vasquez David Vasquez June 23, 2015

    If a city councilmembers job is to AGGRESSIVELY advocate for what he/she believes is the best for the constituency than Martinez gets an A+.
    I just can’t believe that many Santa Anan’s care about bike lanes and fat free foods!

    Good for her and this organization, most have never heard of.

  3. Carpetbagger Carpetbagger June 24, 2015

    I got married and am currently on my honeymoon but I will have something condensending and snarky to say upon my return.

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