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Board Member

Alfonso Martinez

Internationally experienced human resources executive, business leader, Latino advocate, and diversity practitioner.

Previously, Mr. Martinez was EVP and CHRO for Laureate International Universities. Headquartered in Baltimore, Laureate is the largest Private Benefit Corporation in the world managing 80 universities in 30 countries educating over one million students each year. Laureate has 70,000 employees.

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Martinez led the HR function for Nextel International Inc. as EVP, and Chief Human Resources Officer; 2005-2008 VP Global Talent/Sodexo; and was CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility from 2003-2005. He also previously served as a Board member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s.

Mr. Martinez began his career in the hospitality industry and dedicated 18 years to Marriott Int'l achieving responsibility as the head of Pacific NW Marriott hotel select-service operations; Bethesda, Marriott hotel General Manager; national head of Courtyard by Marriott select-service revenue and pricing management; VP of U.S. Workforce Diversity; and head of HR for Marriott select-service brands.

Mr. Martinez is skilled in the areas of organizational design, diagnostics, HR service delivery, performance and succession management, behavioral assessment, executive compensation, executive coaching, and diversity.

He holds a BSBA from Denver University where he proudly played 2nd base and shortstop for the Denver Pioneers and also graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a M.Sc. in Applied Behavioral Psychology.

Trained as a professional executive coach and keenly interested in human behavior, Mr. Martinez helps individuals, teams, and organizations to identify and overcome inhibitors to optimizing their full capacity.