Washington, DC (December 17, 2014).– The Dominican American National Roundtable, the only nonprofit nonpartisan nationwide organization advocating for the socio-economic and political advancement of over 2 million Dominicans in USA, announced the appointment of Antonio C. Martinez II, Esq., to the national Board of Directors.
“Mr. Martinez is a seasoned influential leader with outstanding credentials in the public and private sectors, and particularly in community service,” said DANR President Francesca Peña. “Join us in welcoming him to our national Board of Directors. He was appointed at DANR’s recent annual leadership summit held at the US Capitol September 18-21 this year. He will serve as a DANR Vice President representing the Great State of New York.”
“He is the right man to join us at this precise time when DANR embarks on implementing the second phase of its strategic institutional revamping,” said DANR National Vice President Alejandro Benjamin. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, I welcome him with high expectations as we all continue to work hard to ensure new levels of organizational capability.”
“Mr. Martinez comes to DANR to complement the work of our dedicated team of trustees whose contributions have turned DANR into the premier national advocacy organization fighting for fair political representation and for the socio-economic mobility of Dominicans in USA,” said DANR Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr.
“It is with honor and humility, I accept this Board appointment,” said Mr. Martinez. “As a Dominican-American who is committed to serving the public, we can improve the lives of those in our communities who are struggling for an education, for work, for healthcare, and for full participation in the American political process. The DANR is committed to those goals and I am glad to be part of their leadership team now.”
Antonio C. Martinez II is a native New Yorker, and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He attended the United States Capitol Page School and is a graduate of New York Military Academy. His father, the late Antonio C. Martinez, Esq., was one of the first Dominican American members of the New York State Bar. The Martinez family has been providing legal services since 1956.
Mr. Martinez began working with the U.S. Congress at the age of 16 when he served as a Senate Page to the late U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) in 1980 and for the U.S. Senate Majority Leadership in 1981.
His government experience includes positions with the U.S. Senate Library, the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Admiralty and Environmental Law Section in New York City, the Legal Division of the New York City Council, and as a Mediator for the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Kings County, New York .
His corporate experience includes service as Vice President of Government Relations and Consumer Health at American Specialty Health Inc, San Diego, CA, and Vice President and General Counsel to Elant Inc, Goshen, NY.
He also served as President and Executive Director of Somos el Futuro Inc. (www.somosnewyork.org) from 2010 to 2013, where he continues to serve the organization.
Through a diverse professional background and career with stints in government, the corporate world, the political, and public interest arenas, Mr. Martinez is able to bring a diverse set of skills to bear for his clients.
Mr. Martinez also has significant business and legal experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Martinez has traveled extensively and has visited 45 of the 50 states and 26 foreign countries including Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Martinez is a prolific public speaker and regularly appears in print and broadcast media.
He is a member of the State and Federal Bars of New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia.
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States.
DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors of 13 members led by an Executive Committee composed of a president, a national vice president, a youth president, a chairman, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.