Application for Congressional Commission for Lia Martinez

Contact Information

Full Name

Lia Martinez

Eligible for commission

ineligible

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Geophysical Engineer, Mount Sopris Instruments

Educational Background

Studied 2 years for Master of Arts but did not finish, Archaeology, 2009-2011 University of Denver, Denver, CO Bachelors of Science, Geophysical Engineering, 2007 Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO High School Diploma, 2003 Grandview High School, Aurora, CO

Zip Code

81211

Congressional District
5

Background

Past Political Activity

Donated small amounts to Hickenlooper and Biden campaigns (~$20/month).

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Cole Neighborhood Association; Engineering and Environmental Geophysical Society- on board; Society of Exploration Geophysicists- on board; Casa de Paz -volunteering; Denver Botanic Gardens- volunteering; Geolatinas; National Groundwater Association

Organization and Advocacy Experience

I've mostly been active on the boards of professional organizations related to my career in geophysics. I'm also very passionate about getting more women and latinas active in STEM fields. To that end, I have experience in social media and digital marketing, community engagement and outreach, and conference, program, and meeting planning. I have served in various capacities on these boards for over 6 years beginning when I was 28. Most of my fellow board members are older, white males.

Statement

I am passionate about volunteering and trying to use my time in the best way I can to have a positive impact on the world around me. I've been wanting to try and get more involved for a while now. I think this might be my best opportunity to do my part and offer my time to help serve the public.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I live in a communal house with 6 other housemates and my husband. Suffice to say, I've learned how to communicate and listen to others from different backgrounds with different perspectives. I'm good at seeing an issue from all sides and then trying to find the agreement in the middle. As a more centrist Democrat, I also don't have knee-jerk reactions to ideas or policies that might be contrary to mine. Republicans and independents are good people and shouldn't be vilified just because we disagree about policy. I think the more diverse a group is in both backgrounds and ideology, the more likely that the final consensus will be fair and balanced.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

As an engineer, I think my analytical skills are likely more developed than the majority of other applicants. My personality is such that I'm never the type to make decisions based on emotions. I'm also great with an Excel spreadsheet!

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian

The applicant has Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin

Applicant identifies with the following gender

Female