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Richard L. Martinez, Jr

Richard L. Martinez, Jr

Diversity Administrator, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Richard L. Martinez, Jr., is the Acting Diversity Administrator, of the Diversity Section of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. He has 28 years of governmental service and experience including stops at the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and Cook County government & has monitored over $1 Billion in public construction contracts for compliance. Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago in both Political Science and Criminal Justice and is certified as an “Executive Certified Master Compliance Administrator” from the American Contract Compliance Association and Morgan State University. Richard has received several awards for his advocacy including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Advocate of the Year, Federation of Women Contractors (2016) and the HACIA Advocate of the Year Award (2019). Richard comes from a family of three generations of Steelworkers on Chicago’s Southeast side. Rich and his wife Sandi have been married for twenty-six years and have raised their five Generation Z children. Richard and his wife are also military parents with their oldest daughter currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Socially, Richard serves as a Pastor and has been recognized nationally and locally for his pastoral, ministry and community service.


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