Steve Martinez

Director of Human Resources

As the HR Director for Centro, Steve insures that equitable and fair employment practices are adhered to along with internal promotions and performance reviews. Working closely with the Executive Director and the senior leadership team, he positions Centro as an equal employment opportunity employer, where employees experience fair treatment and growth opportunity.His goal is to provide a level of knowledge and experience in his profession and assist Centro with governance and organizational compliance.

Joining Centro Legal de la Raza was a social commitment he choose while he was completing his career in the private industry. Steve‚Äôs work experience includes senior leadership roles in human resources in the gas/oil industry, building construction/maintenance and banking. Previous employer clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Safeway trucking, Odwalla Juices, Gallo Wineries and many Fortune 500 companies. He monitored to ensure that policies/procedures were followed without bias practices, collaborated with benefits managers and insurance professionals to address workers’ compensation claims, and maintained safe work environments. Additionally, he participated in employer work counsels to provide industry and career development advice to students and graduates entering the workforce.

Steve completed undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University, where he developed a deep network of alumni committed to social justice projects internationally. While raising a family, he completed his MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.

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