Crestina Martinez

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Colorado at Denver
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Spanish, Colorado College

Crestina Martinez is a San Luis Valley native whose family has lived in the region for multiple generations. Upon graduating from Colorado College where she studied sociology and Spanish, Martinez chose to return to her community to be a positive change agent and to work improve the quality of life for residents. In 2008, Martinez was elected to serve as County Commissioner for Costilla County. At the age of 25, this made her the youngest County Commissioner in the history of the state of Colorado. In addition to serving as County Commissioner, she is a board member for Los Valles Youth Corps and San Luis Valley Health Access Program, Inc., and chairs the Colorado Local Boards of Health. In 2011, Martinez served as the executive director of CarePoint managing the San Luis Valley’s multi-share healthcare access program. During Governor Ritter’s tenure, Martinez served on the Governor’s Climate Advisory Panel, Governor’s Working Group on the Structure of Colorado’s Human Services System the Centralized Call Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Referrals and Governor’s ARRA Community Service Block Grant Advisory Panel. Most recently, Martinez was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper and confirmed by the State Senate as a member of the Colorado State Board of Health. Martinez raises grass-finished natural cattle and hay at the South Ute Mountain Ranch in San Acacio Viejo with her family. She is the daughter of Roy D. Martinez and Stella Rodriguez and has two dogs, Lobo and Bandit.

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