Jacob Jones Martinez
Jacob Jones Martinez is a long-time activist and organizer dedicated to empowering people and communities to create structural and societal change. When he was a child his mother's union went on strike and he saw first-hand how a community can support each other while also working to improve wages, hours, and working conditions. In college, Jacob got involved in electoral politics, volunteering for a Senate campaign and later working on a Presidential campaign in Iowa. He also worked as a union organizer with Nurses United/AFT Healthcare and SEIU, Local 1, before attending law school at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In law school, Jacob did advocacy work with the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, assisting litigation against the City of Portland on behalf of First Amendment activists and people experiencing homelessness. Jacob also organized legal observers and jail support for protests, demonstrations, and civil disobedience actions. He is a former Vice President for the National Lawyers' Guild.
After law school Jacob worked as a public defender, a teacher in a maximum security juvenile facility, and a teacher's assistant with middle school students with physical and learning disabilities. He currently works as a Program Coordinator for Cochise County Health & Social Services helping rural communities address their health needs and is an adjunct trainer with Wellstone Action, training a new generation of candidates, campaign managers and campaign staff.
When not in meetings Jacob can be found riding his bike or hiking the miles and miles of trails in Cochise County, Arizona with his wife and two daughters. Follow him on twitter @JakeM.