Nina Martinez has been in business as a technology consultant for over 15 years and has a passion for business, community advocacy, apprenticeships and livable wages. Nina was born in Washington State and resides in Seattle, Washington with her two beautiful teenage children and her loving and supportive partner, Marie. Nina currently serves as Board Chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, is the President of the KSER Radio Board of Directors, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the largest and most recognized network of female executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs in the United States.
Nina values family and community. She is the proud daughter of Mexican-American parents. Her father served in the Vietnam War and is proud to have served our country. Her paternal grandfather played an important role model as a leader in the farm worker community. She learned early on that defending those with no voice was an important responsibility. She was honored to be appointed by Washington Governor, Jay Inlsee, to the Farm Work Group. The group was the brainchild of Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, whose district covers part of Skagit County, where workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms walked out last year to protest pay and other working conditions. The idea of the group is to bridge the divide between labor and management. Nina was instrumental in protecting the laborers. While working with the laborers, Nina learned first hand about the sexual assault and harassment that the women farm workers face.
Most recently, Nina has been a vocal supporter of House Bill 1732 which strengthened Washington’s hate crimes statutes. The bill, which was passed into law and signed by the governor, added language to protect against gender identity or expression hate speech. Considering Washington saw an increase of 42% in hate crimes from 2016 to 2017, Nina advocated for more protections for the LGBTQ community. She fought against those that wanted to water down the language protecting trans-gendered Washingtonians.
Nina is running for Seattle Port Commissioner because she understands the vital role the Port of Seattle plays for the King County economy. She has extensive experience in local and state politics that make her uniquely qualified to develop and improve port policy. She wants to create innovative solutions to continue improving the relationship the Port has with its work force, local businesses, community stakeholder partners, and elected officials.
Nina has a strong business technology acumen assisting a range of clients in the US and international business sectors that have created successful technology outcomes. Nina has established relationships with State Legislators and will collaborate towards policies that address clean energy, encourage low-carbon fuel producers to come to Washington State, and increase jobs in King County. Nina knows that bringing more green jobs to our State will help improve air quality for all that are impacted by the airport flight path and reduce pollution that negatively impacts marine life in the Puget Sound.
Voting for Nina Martinez will provide the commission with a thoughtful leader. She has a unique perspective on how we can support effective business practices that support livable wages. Nina will help position our port, our city, and our state as a leader in how to develop policies that promote both economic and environmental sustainability. She also believes the role of a Port Commissioner is to be a proactive, engaging community partner. With Nina on the Port, you know the Port is listening to the concerns and recommendations of the community.
Nina believes being a public servant is an earned and trusted responsibility; all elected officials should always be held accountable. She believes firmly that all voices and opinions should be respected when policies are being considered. Nina is dedicated to inclusion and building successful community partnerships that are built on honesty, shared values, and collaborative outcomes.