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Gebe Martinez

As a political and policy analyst, strategic communications advisor, and former political journalist in Washington, D.C., Gebe Martinez brings to the communications profession an extensive knowledge of major issues that often meet at the intersection of politics and policy. Her background has allowed her to provide fast, on-point analyses to clients she has served as a consultant, following her 33-year journalism career.

A Texas native, Ms. Martinez’s journalism career took her from Texas, California, and Washington, D.C., where she reported for 15 years, for news organizations such as Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Congressional Quarterly. She also served as a news analyst on public affairs programs for networks including PBS, NPR, BBC television and radio.

Ms. Martinez entered the issue advocacy arena as a senior writer and immigration policy analyst for the Center for American Progress. During the 2012 U.S. presidential election season, which resulted in a record 12.5 million Latinos casting ballots, she worked with Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina on the Latino voter engagement campaign and coordinated media strategies with other organizations.

GM Networking was founded in early 2013 and has worked with numerous clients, including, America's Voice, For Our Future, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Mi Familia Vota, Voto Latino and others to promote commonsense immigration reform legislation, the DREAM Act, develop immigration score cards to rate Congress' behavior on immigration reform, and advance civic engagement, voter registration and voter turnout.

During the 2016 election cycle, she worked with actor Diane Guerrero and national civic engagement groups to promote citizenship, voter registration, civic engagement by young Latinos. The outreach included English and Spanish language mediaorganizations. Ms. Martinez also helped promote Ms. Guerrero's memoir, "In The Country We Love," which heartbreakingly details the impact of the U.S. immigration system on citizen children.

In the Fall of 2008, the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio staged a library exhibit and video documentary related to Ms. Martinez’s research project about her grandmother, a native of San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico, who became a certified midwife in Texas at the start of the Great Depression. The story is included in the Emmy award-winning PBS documentary series, “Children of the Revolución,” and is the subject of a creative nonfiction book, which is in progress.

Ms. Martinez is a member of the board of the Women's Foreign Policy Group.

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