SANTA ANA (May 14, 2014) – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has named Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez as 2nd Vice President. The announcement was made at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort in Indian Wells in front of more than 800 attendees at SCAG’s 49th Annual Regional Conference “Partnering for Prosperity: Technology’s Impact on Mobility & Opportunity.”
The Southern California Association of Governments or SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. The organization undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California now and in the future.
“I’m thrilled to join the Southern California Association of Governments leadership team. The decisions we make as an organization have a huge impact on planning, transportation and development across the region,” said Martinez. “It’s a privilege and a great responsibility to lead this agency and make an impact not just now but for future generations.”
Councilwoman Martinez is passionate about the community. She currently sits on six regional boards and is an at-large member for the California League of Cities Orange County Division. Martinez represents the Orange County Division on the League of California Cities, Transportation, Communication and Public Works Policy Committee. She is a board member for the Orange County Waste Management Commission, representing City Selection Committee for the 1st District. She is also the City’s representative on Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), a joint powers authority established to monitor, analyze and provide Orange County’s technical and policy recommendations on all SCAG plans and programs. Councilwoman Martinez also represents the City on the Transportation Corridor Agencies Committee (TCA).
Martinez is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton where she earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Cal State Fullerton and was elected to the City Council in November 2006.