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David Martinez

Deputy Director for Internal Operations

Ph: 503-883-6881 | Em: davidm@latnet.org

David Martinez is responsible for building and managing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for Latino Network’s continued quality improvement and growth. He oversees the day-to-day management of operations, finances, facilities, legal and contract administration, human resources, information technology and other duties as required.

A native Oregonian, David is from a farm worker background and was the first member of his family to graduate high school and college. His life experience brings a lens that is aligned with the mission of our organization and the communities we serve. David also has a history with Latino Network: he previously served as a board of directors when we were just under 10 staff, and still located at the small house on N. Michigan Street. 

David came to us from Oregon Health & Science University as the Diversity Manager for Student Recruitment & Retention. With over 20 years of higher education experience, David has an extensive background in the areas of student recruitment, retention, student development, community outreach and diversity at both private and public colleges and universities in Oregon. 

David has also held positions government and policy as well. He served as the Policy and Constituent Relations Manager for Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey. In 2004, Multnomah County made the decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. David was the commissioner’s liaison to this effort. He also held policy roles for the Oregon Primary Care Association and for the Oregon Education Investment Board. 

David is a past board member of Cascade AIDS Project, Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association, Latino Network and Outside In. He was the past Chair of the Annual Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference (the largest Latino High School Youth Leadership Conference in the Pacific NW). 

He was a founding board member of Portland’s Q Center and co-founder of Portland Latino Gay Pride (now known as PDX Latinx Pride). David has served on the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission and Charter Review Commission. Past honors include, 2009 Basic Rights Oregon Equality Champion Award (Portland/Metro), 2012 Q Center/GLAPN Queer Hero NW Award, 2012 PCC Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Award, and 2013 Unid@s LGBT Visible Project Honoree.