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Alumnus Named to U.S. Department of Agriculture


Earlier this summer, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the names of five additional people who will hold staff positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including alumnus Michael Martinez ’08 who was named Special Assistant for Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“This is a policy and administrative appointment; I'm leading teams working on Climate Change and the Recovery Act.  Also known as President Obama's Stimulus Initiative, our work is intended to stabilize at-risk sectors of the economy, invest  strategically in infrastructure, preserve and create jobs, and protect the environment.  I still have opportunities for legal research and writing, statutory interpretation, real estate transactions, contract writing, and litigation.  Who could ask for more!” said Martinez.

Martinez has served at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in a variety of roles, including project and team management, environmental policy, and real estate program administration. In addition to his JD from Hamline, Martinez earned a B.S. degree in natural resource recreation planning and management from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University.