Shirley Martinez’s dedication and experience reaches across the national, state, and local level. A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word, Martinez began her federal career with the U.S. Air Force as a clerk-typist at Lackland AFB. She spent 29 years in civil service… a number of them in our nation’s capital, working in various agencies such as the Department of the Interior, the Office of Civil Rights, the Environmental Protection Agency, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Manpower & Reserve Affairs under the George W. Bush administration. Little did she know after her swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon on September 10, 2001, she would forever remember her first full day on the job:  9-11. 

Known for her experience in developing policy and her ability to work to bring positive change, Martinez was a valuable liaison to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence, as well as a member of the U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.

Upon retirement, Martinez returned to San Antonio and became active in the political process. She has served in leadership roles with Bexar County Republican Women (BCRW) and in the Bexar County Party as a precinct chair, convention delegate, and vice chair of the Republican Party of Bexar County.

She is a 2013 Republican Party of Bexar County Hall of Fame Honoree, and a 2015 TFRW Ten Outstanding Award recipient. She has been recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Latinas” in the United States.