Director of Community Development
Benjamin Martinez has over 26 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Mr. Martinez was the Director of Economic Development for the City of El Monte where he headed a city-wide revitalization effort consisting of seven hotels, thousands of market-rate and affordable residential units and multiple retail and industrial developments. Previously, Mr. Martinez directed the Community and Economic Development Department in the City of Pico Rivera from 2011 to 2016, and was employed by the City of National City Community Development Commission for 10 years where he departed as Executive Director in 2006. Amongst other honors, Mr. Martinez was the recipient of four (4) Awards of Excellence from the California Redevelopment Association and in 2016, spearheaded the effort for the City of Pico Rivera to win the Most Business Friendly City Award from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Martinez was graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and Planning. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Accounting from the UCSD Extension School.