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Geologist, Public Administrator
Education: A.A.S. in public administration, HCC, 2005; M.P.A., 2007; M.S. in emergency management, John Jay College 2008
Field of Expertise: Public Administration
Mr. Martinez came to New York City seven years ago and immediately began pursuing his higher education full time. In 2003, he attended English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at different organizations and colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY) to master the English language for academic purposes. At Hostos Community College (CUNY), he earned an associate degree in applied science with an emphasis in public administration to develop expertise about American society, government, social structure, and higher education. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in the fall of 2005 and earned a M.P.A. in public administration with emphasis in human resources in 2006. He also received a Master of Science in protection management with emphasis in Emergency Management in 2008. He expects to graduate with a second bachelor’s degree in geology from York College (CUNY) in September 2012.
For the last 32 years, Mr. Martinez’s passion, fascination and fields of expertise have been geology, politics, public administration and risk analysis. He wants to build a bridge between his science and political/administrative knowledge in order to protect people in need, women and children in particular.
Mr. Martinez has been a geologist since 1978, with academic specialization and experience in ground water supplies. For 25 years he worked in various regions of Colombia. He was a university professor, teaching subjects such as general geology and geophysics. He decreased his field activities in geology because of the internal conflict and terrible violence in Colombia, and came to the United States. While working as a geologist in Colombia, he attended classes in a political studies master’s program in order to increase his knowledge of government, public policy, democracy, constitution, and social issues relating to Colombia and the world.
He ran for the Senate of the Republic of Colombia in order to develop and implement natural resources policy, water law, human trafficking protection, and more. He found that the Colombian government, scientists, and the people of Colombia were disconnected on issues regarding natural resources, their protection, rationalization, and potential use. Mr. Martinez was president of the Board of Directors of the Geologists of the National University Association, and president of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Association of Consultants in Geology. He is a member of the Colombian Geological Society, the Geological Society of America, the National Ground Water Association, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.