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A History of Community Service


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Spearheaded event to collect purses from local elected women in the San Gabriel Valley for the Annual San Gabriel Valley Purse Drive in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Served on Community Services and Transportation Committees with League of Cities.

Represented the city of El Monte with the Southern California Association of Governments, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, and the Alameda Corridor East, as Vice Chair.

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When our local girls softball league needed a new playing field, I decided to do something about it. I ran for City Council and won. Today, those young ladies have a brand new field.
— Vicky
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Vicky Martinez was first elected to the El Monte City Council in 2011. She has worked to ensure public safety services and social programs continue to be a priority for the city.

Vicky has contributed to the implementation and success of the Community Building Initiative to help enhance the beautification of the streets, buildings, signage, and lighting and to improve the quality of life for residents. She is a recognized regional leader in regional community policy.

A two-term El Monte City Councilmember, Vicky was raised in the San Gabriel Valley by loving and hardworking parents. She attended local public schools and graduated from Arroyo High School. She worked her way through Pasadena City College and then California State University, Los Angeles. Martinez says, “As a social science major, studying political science and public policy, I discovered how much public service can improve the lives of ordinary people." 

I believe that one of the most important jobs we have as public servants is giving back to others through community service.
— Vicky
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Known affectionately as “Coach Vicky,” to friends, she dedicated four years of her life, on the field, to coaching young girls at the El Monte Fillies Fast-pitch Softball League where she grew up playing softball.

Martinez is a fierce advocate for children battling childhood cancer. As a longtime volunteer with Padres Contra El Cancer at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, she fought to raise awareness of the program and bring resources to families. She is also a friend to the Blood Donor Center at Children’s Hospital, encouraging people to give blood, host blood drives, and volunteer at special events.


Founded and chaired the Back to School Resource Fair, an event that provides students in underserved areas of the city with free backpacks and other essential materials they will need to have a successful school year.

Mentored young women broadcasters, as Board Member for American Women in Radio and Television. 

Founded and chaired INSPIRE, a Young Women's Leadership Day. A conference to educate young girls on personal development, finances, body image, leadership, and etiquette. This year, she co-chaired an INSPIRE for young men.

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