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Christina M. Martínez
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A resident of the Valley of the Sun, Christina is the Owner and CEO of Adelante Public Affairs and Communications, a company specializing in corporate and community positioning, government advocacy and multi-media marketing solutions at the local and national level for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, issue-campaigns and nonprofit organizations.

A product of the military, Christina’s father served 23 years in the U.S. Army affording many life experiences abroad and throughout the United States.

After filling her passport at a very young age and public schools across the country, Christina attended Benedictine University at Springfield and the University of Illinois graduating with a Bachelors degree in social work and sociology and a Master’s degree in communications with a focus in interpersonal relations. Christina is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Program, the Center for Creative Leadership and the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Fellowship historic 25th anniversary class.

Prior to returning to Arizona in 2006, Christina began her career in the Catholic education system. She learned the importance of community engagement, philanthropy and a willing legislative body in order to accomplish higher education initiatives. Christina caught the political bug and moved quickly through the ranks serving as the Legislative Liaison to the Illinois State Comptroller – at that time holding the highest ranking position for a Latina in executive office. Her tenure at the IOC broke many barriers and included the passage of legislation benefiting tax-payers, consumers and Illinois families.

Christina’s passion for politics, community service and education takes her around Arizona and the country as an advocate for her diverse portfolio of clients. She is often sought after by local and national media outlets to serve as a political commentator and motivational speaker. Christina serves on the board of Emerge Arizona and is the volunteer national media and communications coordinator for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Her awards include the Illinois Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service, the National Image Inc., Presidents Awards, the Chicanos Por La Causa 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute William C. Velasquez Volunteer of the Year Award, the Arizona Capitol Times Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Award and the Valle del Sol Profiles of Success Exemplary Leadership Award.

Entries by Christina M. Martínez

The Case for a Good Deal With Iran

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:21 PM

It has been a year since my visit to Israel. Since I returned home, I have watched the ongoing negotiations with Iran and felt an ominous fear about what might happen. A year ago, I watched as Israel felt vulnerable, its citizens running for shelter as rockets ran down. I...

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Israel and the Blessed Unrest

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Fifteen seconds will never mean the same to me again.

A small kibbutz called Kfar Aza (or more affectionately, the Gaza Village) flourishes with the young and old who seek a life of simplicity, love and peace. The nearly 200 families live on the kibbutz long for the idea...

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Arizona: When It Comes to Failing Schools the Lesser of Two Evils Is Still Evil

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 1:33 PM

As another end of the school year approaches, now is the time to reflect on how Arizona can ensure our students are prepared to compete for the future. All students deserve a great education that provides them the opportunity to learn to their utmost potential and that fully prepares them...

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Arizona Prefers Prison Over Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 1:55 AM

$1 million to private prison would hurt AZ kids.

Budget cuts. Not enough money. Spending cutbacks.

If you live in Arizona, you've probably heard these words too many times in conversations about government funding. According to Republicans in the state legislature, this dire economic crisis is...

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Arizona, Please Stop Pouring Salt Into DREAMers' Wounds

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:45 PM

In response to a question in January 16 edition of the Arizona Republic's Saturday Soundoff.

A question regarding the hiring of two DREAMers posed to members of the Phoenix City Council: "Should 'dreamers' be allowed to work for city?"

Why is it even an issue...

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Don't Drop the Ball This Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:45 AM

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the blessings that have been generously bestowed upon us -- family, friends and good health to name a few. Sometimes we forget about our many good fortunes and we often take them for granted. It is by no malicious fault of...

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What's in a Name? A Lot, If You're Seeking Office in Phoenix

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 4:26 PM

William Shakespeare said it best, "What's in a name?" Well, if you live in the city of Phoenix and are paying attention to the upcoming city council elections -- there's a lot in a name.

The race for Phoenix's City District 4 has proven to be an exciting race...

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With Liberty and Justice for All? Not in Maricopa County

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 1:08 PM

With liberty and justice for all.

This bold statement of equality in the Pledge of Allegiance is uttered countless times every day across the United States by those who are proud to call this nation home. It was the pursuit of liberty and justice that inspired the Founding Fathers...

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Reflections of an Arizona Democrat

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Two months ago the COS to my former boss and former Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes passed away after his battle with cancer. Keith Taylor would have been 65 today. This has me reflecting on my service not only as a Democrat, but a Democrat in Arizona.

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El Futuro2020 Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:43 PM

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) held their annual conference in Chicago this last month. I'll admit I was grateful to see so many Arizonans participate. Arizona seems to have had a love-hate relationship with national Latino advocacy organizations over the past few years,...

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An 'A' Should Be an 'A' no Matter Where You Go to School

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 7:40 PM

As the end of the school year approaches, students in Phoenix look forward to summer break. And, for many, thoughts of the upcoming fall semester have disappeared as quickly as the pictures hanging in their lockers. Yet, as kids' minds shift to summer fun, an important change awaits them at...

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A Return To Civility: What Everyone Knows, But Has Forgotten

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 10:56 PM

By no means is this a comprehensive list of do's and don'ts, or a magic end-all to hate and prejudices. Rather, it's a reminder. It's a reminder that we, as humans, should follow some very simple guidelines to ensure civility among one another.

Without judgment or bias, without navigating...

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Guns Aren't Out of Control, We Are

(60) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:04 PM

The first time I ever held a gun I was probably 11 years old. I will never forget that day. We were at the home of some elderly ladies that my mother used to visit. She would make their meals, clean up and help them with daily activities that they...

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Time Is Not on Our Side

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:46 PM

I have been thinking a lot lately about the concept of time. We never seem to have enough of it, and what we have we waste, and we always seem to be asking for more of it.

In our professional lives, we find ourselves in the abyss of an...

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Election Lesson: Latinos Have Influence

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 10:30 AM

As pundits continue to examine the outcome of various races and ballots cast Nov. 6, one persistent truth cannot be understated or ignored: the power of the Hispanic-American vote is growing, and this voting bloc's priority issues -- including education reform and school choice -- must be addressed by those...

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Outgrow to Grow

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 5:50 PM

If you ask for it, believe in it and live as if it's already happening, the universe will respond. No doubt. As I reflect on 2012 and its many blessings and celebrate another anniversary of complete and total adult independence, I look back at the requests I made, the abundance...

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I Want It More for You

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 1:00 PM

How many times has someone told you "that's for other people," or "that's not for people like us"? Meaning, something that you desire is unattainable and out of your reach. Perhaps it was a particular college you wanted to apply to, a salary you want to make, or a city...

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Latinos Serve: It's Who We Are

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Some of the greatest memories I have as a child was seeing my dad come through the door after a long day at work. He would walk in wearing his camouflaged uniform with patches and newly shined boots. His hair would be perfectly cut and his face freshly shaven --...

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Education Trumps Immigration Among Top-Tier Issues For Latino Voters

(6) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 8:34 AM

Immigration is no longer a top issue for Latinos.

According to Beck Research results, Latinos prioritize improving education within the grades of K-12 as a critical issue. The Hispanic Coalition for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO) along with American Federation for Children had Beck Research conduct...

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Loyalty Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 8:00 AM

From the very beginning of our childhood we are taught to respect and cherish everything we are told about our Latino-selves. For me, personally, there was no question about who my role models/mentors were. It was clear because they were given to me. People in my family would say "Mija,...

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