Matthew Martinez is a 7th Generation Colorado native. He was born and raised in Monte Vista, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2005 and was assigned to the infantry unit 2nd Battalion 1st Marines where he completed three deployments, the last of which was a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He returned home and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Adams State University in 2013, and began working at Adams State University running the Veterans Center which he helped rebuild.
He earned his Master of Science Degree from Southern New Hampshire University and was the Director for the Correspondence Education Program. He is also an adjunct instructor with Adams State University.
Matthew is a former Monte Vista City Council member and he currently sits on the Board of Directors for Valley Wide Health Systems and formally the La Puente Home Board and the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley Board. Matthew was also the President of the Adams State University LatinX Caucus, and a member of the American Legion at Homelake. He is also one of the founding members of the Adams State University Veterans Club/Center.