Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the Assistant President Pro-Tem of Los Angeles City Council. Not only is she the only woman elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices, she’s the first Latina to ever hold a leadership position on the Council.
As the Councilwoman for the sixth district, Councilwoman Martinez is a champion of brining the basic services of city government to the often-underserved communities she represents. She’s focused on the day-to-day issues of fixing sidewalks and roads to cleaning up trash, debris and bulky items on neighborhood streets. She works tirelessly to ensure the families in the district have safe neighborhoods where they live and their children play.
At City Hall, Councilwoman Martinez leads the Council on major initiatives such as fighting human trafficking, empowering women, and reducing the negative impact of those who would pollute our environment.
Councilwoman Martinez has dedicated her life to the San Fernando Valley where she was born and raised and was proud to serve her community on the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013. The product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Councilwoman Martinez led the School Board and was devoted to expanding access to quality education for all communities.
As the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, Councilwoman Martinez brought together competing interests to create economic opportunity with an eye towards environmental sustainability. As a result, she was able to turn around the former Price Pfister toxic waste site and replace it with the Pacoima Plaza: a LEED certified facility that has brought hundreds of good paying jobs to the community.
The daughter of immigrant parents, Councilwoman Martinez spent her childhood admiring her parents’ hard work and learning from them the importance of community involvement. Her father was a dishwasher who took the bus every day from Pacoima to Sherman Oaks while her mother worked on an assembly line at the Price Pfister factory in Pacoima. This stable, union job provided, for the first time ever, healthcare coverage for Councilwoman Martinez’s entire family. And when Price Pfister announced plans to relocate to Mexico, Councilwoman Martinez organized to save local jobs that supported working families.
Councilwoman Martinez was elected to the Los Angeles City Council on July 23, 2013 in a special election, and re-elected on March 3, 2015. In addition to serving as the Assistant President Pro-Tem of the council, she is the Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee, Vice Chair of the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, and a member of the committees on Budget, Public Safety, and Transportation as well as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Immigrant Affairs.
Councilwoman Martinez is a graduate of San Fernando High School and California State University at Northridge. She and her husband Gerry live in Sun Valley with their daughter, Isabelle.
Julie Chávez Rodríguez is the State Director for United States Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this role, Julie oversees all office operations across five district offices and serves as the Senator’s principal representative among constituents and elected leaders throughout California. Previously, Julie was the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House. In that capacity, Julie managed a team of associate directors working with leaders in the LGBT, AAPI, Latino, Veterans, Youth, Education, Labor, and Progressive communities and supported efforts to reform the nation’s immigration system, improve services for veterans, and increase access to affordable, quality health care, among other issues. Julie also worked in coordination with the White House’s National Security Council on efforts to normalize the United States’ relationship with Cuba, in addition to responding to the migration of Central American children and their families. Prior to joining the White House, Julie served as the Director of Youth Employment at the Department of the Interior and the Deputy Press Secretary to former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Julie was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, attended UC-Berkeley, and worked for the Cesar E. Chávez Foundation in Los Angeles for 9 years prior to joining the Obama Administration.