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Joaquin Martinez, a native of Houston’s East End, became intrigued with Houston politics and social-economic early on, as he was given the opportunity to work for former Council Member John Castillo after graduating high school from Stephen F. Austin. While studying Political Science at University of Houston, Joaquin had the chance to work for one of Houston’s oldest and largest non-profits, Neighborhoods Centers, for over 10 years within the Community Based Initiatives with families of the East End, Gulfgate/Hobby, Independence Heights, Pasadena and La Porte communities. Here Joaquin Martinez grew professionally, as he learned to build upon families strengths providing opportunities to become civically engaged, while placing education as the foundation to creating a resilient, community environment. Joaquin has seen many the youth he worked with become successful; he acknowledges that motivating parents to remain involved with their children's lives is important.
Joaquin Martinez has a strong commitment to public service as he works for current Council Member Robert Gallegos. Joaquin works directly with neighborhoods to ensure their voices are heard. Joaquin works closely with Management Districts, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, East End Chamber of Commerce and City of Houston – Housing and Community Development to ensure that neighborhoods and businesses have the resources needed to participate fully in workforce, housing, economic development opportunities within the City of Houston.
Joaquin Martinez continues his passion for empowering communities through neighborhood initiatives. Joaquin has been a little league coach for both East End Little League and Dixie Little League for over 10 years and has served in leadership roles on the Board with Dixie Little League. Joaquin has also been active at Mason Park as a coach for the Magnolia Park Sharks. Joaquin continues his involvement because he believes that these activities are not only important to the mental, physical, and social development of his son, but to all children in his community. As a father, Joaquin has taken on a leadership role with the Parent Teacher Organization in schools. Joaquin recognizes that community involvement and genuine conversations are fundamental to the growth and development of a vibrant community.
Joaquin has attended Blessed Sacrament Church for over 25 years were he is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7230. Joaquin is also member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and a graduate of the National Hispanic Professional Organization – Class II were he has cultivated his leadership and service values that has given him a conviction to serve his community in a leadership role.