Monica L. Martinez, senior vice president of external affairs – Michigan Market and national director of Hispanic business development at Comerica Bank, has been named on the 50 Most Powerful Latinas list for 2019 by the Association of Latino Professionals for America in partnership with Fortune Magazine. Comerica’s Michigan division is based in Detroit.
Nationally, Martinez oversees the bank’s Hispanic business development and diversity. In Michigan, she manages corporate contributions and external community reinvestment functions for the statewide market. In her role as national director of Hispanic business development, she nurtures relationships with key community stakeholders nationwide while serving as a spokesperson for the bank.
Martinez serves as the president of the Comerica Foundation. Her charitable contributions and Community Reinvestment Act responsibilities in Michigan include philanthropic giving, day-to-day program management, sponsorship programs, financial education, and supporting non-traditional lending in Michigan.
Martinez serves in a leadership capacity on several nonprofit boards including the Michigan Hispanic Chamber, SER Jobs for Progress National, New Detroit, and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition.
Martinez is bilingual, and her fluency in Spanish and English helps in her commitment to growing business relationships and outreach opportunities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Eastern Michigan University. She also completed her graduate work at Eastern Michigan University. She has earned certifications in nonprofit management from Duke University and corporate community relations management from Boston College. Martinez is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University management program and is certified in diversity management from Cornell University.
To commemorate the announcement, the Association of Latino Professionals for America will host a special recognition summit on Oct. 3 in Jersey City, N.J.
Comerica Inc. is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico