Diane J. Martinez was elected to the Paramount Board of Education in November, 2020.
Board Member Diane J. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Paramount, was a member of the City Council from 1994 until her recent retirement in June 2019. She served six terms as Mayor.
Board Member Martinez earned her Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She had a 35-year career as a fulltime elementary school teacher and reading specialist.
During her 25 years on the City Council, she served at various times as the City’s representative with the Southern California Association of Governments, the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County Districts 1 & 2, the L.A. County City Selection Committee, Gateway Cities/COG Board of Directors, Gateway Cities/COG SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee, the Paramount Sister City Committee, the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee, and the Southern California Edison Advisory Board. She also served as President of California Contract Cities and President of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus. She is also a member of the Paramount Women’s Club, Friends of the Paramount Library and the St. Pius X/St. Matthias Academy Advisory Board. In her spare time, Martinez enjoys traveling, reading, and playing golf. She is a longtime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.
As a member of the City Council, Board Member Martinez bore the responsibilities with her fellow councilmembers of setting policies and goals for the community. Tirelessly dedicated to advancing the interests of her City and fellow residents, she played an integral role in the great strides made by Paramount over the last two and a half decades.
Board Member Martinez hopes to increase student outcomes for success and academic achievement in the Paramount Unified School District. As a collaborator, she believes in working with others, the City of Paramount included, to support students, teachers, and staff to continue to build upon the successes of the PUSD district.