Shirley A. Martinez, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Equal Opportunity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for policy, guidance, direction and oversight of all plans and programs affecting equal opportunity for Air Force military and civilian personnel.
Ms. Martinez began her federal career with the Air Force in 1975 as a clerk-stenographer at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. She acquired experience in staffing, classification and equal employment opportunity at three air force bases in San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, she transferred to Air Force Systems Command at Andrews AFB, Md., and managed the Special Emphasis Programs until 1986. After a two-year break in service due to family demands, Ms. Martinez re-entered the work force with the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C, as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management and Budget. She coordinated special studies involving departmental objectives with other federal agencies, the Executive Branch, the Domestic Policy Council and constituent groups. In 1990 she was promoted to GM-15 and was responsible for oversight of the department's programs in Outreach and Partnerships, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the Office of Construction Management.
In 1992 Ms. Martinez was selected as the Associate Director of Affirmative Action and Special Emphasis Programs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. She served as chair of the District of Columbia Workgroup, an inter-agency group of 15 federal agency advisers to the Office of Personnel Management on recruitment, retention and development of Hispanics in the federal government. Prior to assuming her current position in September 2001, Ms. Martinez was responsible for the litigation support and discrimination complaints at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly AFB, Texas.
Ms. Martinez has been active in several civic pursuits. She serves on local and national community boards dedicated to serving youth and promoting leadership in civil rights, educational and religious organizations. In recognition of her contributions, Ms. Martinez was featured among the 100 Top Latinas in 2003, Hispanic Business Magazine.
1998 Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
1. 1975 - 1977, clerk-stenographer, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. 1977 - 1983, positions in staffing, classification and equal employment opportunity, Lackland AFB; Randolph AFB, Texas; and Kelly AFB, Texas
2. 1983 - 1986, Equal Employment Manager and Personnel Management Specialist, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
3. 1986 - 1988, break in service
4. 1989 - 1992, Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management and Budget, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
5. 1992 - 1993, Associate Director of Affirmative Action and Special Emphasis Programs, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
6. 1993 - 1994, Equal Employment Specialist for Civilian Personnel, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
7. 1994 - 1995, Chief of Discrimination Complaints, San Antonio ALC, Kelly AFB, Texas
8. 1995 - 1997, student, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
9. 1997 - 1999, Supervisor of Class Action Litigation, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, San Antonio ALC, Kelly AFB, Texas
10. 1999 - 2001, Chief of Discrimination Complaints, San Antonio ALC, Kelly AFB, Texas
11. 2001 - present, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Equal Opportunity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1982 - 1983 Chair, SA-ALC Federal Women's Program
1983 - 1985 Representative, Secretary of Air Force Task Group, Air Force Systems Command
1983 Distinguished EEO Award (Management), Air Force Systems Command
1985 Federal Women's Program Manager Award (Large Agency), Washington, D.C. Area Council and Office of Personnel Management
1991 - 1992 Liaison, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence, Department of the Interior
1991 - 1992 U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs
1992 - 1993 Chair, District of Columbia Workgroup
2002 Selectee, 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business Magazine
2002 National Image Inc. Chairman's Award
2003 Selectee, 100 Top Latinas, Hispanic Business Magazine
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Advisory board member, City Year San Antonio, AmeriCorps (Texas)
Rey Feo Scholarship Committee, League of United Latin American Citizens, San Antonio
Hispanic Federal Executive Advisory Group