Luz Martinez
Communications Director, Council of the District of Columbia, Office of Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Luz Martinez serves as Communications Director for the District of Columbia’s Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau. In this role, Luz manages and implements communications, press, and digital media strategies to keep residents apprised and engaged in local government. She previously served as an Analyst for DC At-Large Councilmember Robert White’s office. As strategic advisor and lead on criminal justice reform policy, she oversaw the introduction of the Sexual Harassment Data Collection and Reporting Act to increase transparency and accountability around sexual harassment claims within District government. In her role, she also coordinated communications for several landmark bills. This includes the historic voting rights legislation, the Restore the Vote Act, which received national media recognition. Luz went on to hold a senior leadership position for Councilmember Robert White’s 2020 re-election campaign, developing and overseeing communications and digital strategy. Luz launched her career in Washington, DC as a Special Projects Fellow at Latino Victory, a political action committee established to help Latino candidates get elected to political office. During the 2016 election cycle, she assisted the organization’s digital department in creating and managing social media content. This role also presented her the opportunity to provide GOTV communications support in Nevada for then candidate, Catherine Cortez Masto, who became the first Latina elected to serve in the United States Senate. Luz is a proud native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her family later moved and settled down in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar and first-generation college graduate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University. Luz currently sits on the Board of Directors for the DC Latino Caucus, where she works to advance the caucus’ mission of increasing civic engagement within the local Latino community. Most recently, Luz was selected for the inaugural class of the EMILY’s List Ignite Change Fellowship, a leadership training program that chose only 30 women from across the country who had demonstrated the ability to turn activism into political power for underrepresented communities.