Michele Martinez // Orange County Board of Supervisors
Santa Ana Councilwoman and Huffington Posts 40 under 40 Latinos in American Politics, Michele is the true definition of a Latina who Leads. She will work to bring people together to get things done, and fight for real reforms aimed at increasing transparency and accountability.
Santa Ana Councilwoman, NALEO President, and Huffington Posts 40 under 40 Latinos in American Politics, Michele Martinez is the true definition of a Latina who Leads.
Inspired by a desire to give back to the community that helped raise her, Michele Martinez ran for Santa Ana City Council in 2006. She personally knocked on over 7,000 doors and to the surprise of the political establishment, won the election and became one of the youngest elected leaders in Santa Ana history. Michele was recently reelected for her third term by a 34 percent margin.
Under Michele's leadership and hard work on the City Council since 2006, Santa Ana has seen a 32 percent drop in crime. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently listed Santa Ana as the 4th Safest City in the country among cities of similar population. Michele was instrumental in stabilizing the city budget by creating the first fiscal reserve policy. The general fund reserves have grown from 3 million to 41.8 million in the past four years. Michele is most proud of championing the city’s first, five-year Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategic Plan. Finally, Michele kept her promise and helped the city increase its open space by 22 acres, and helped the city secure millions of dollars for active transportation to ensure pedestrian and bike safety, and improved and repaired nearly 300 miles of residential streets.
In 2015, she was elected President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).