Press Release: Port of Oakland Commissioner receives democracy award

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Port of Oakland Commissioner receives democracy award 
League of Women Voters recognizes community leader Arabella Martinez
Oakland, Calif. – April 20, 2017: Port of Oakland Commissioner Arabella Martinez has received the Making Democracy Work award from the League of Women Voters of Oakland at their 26th annual All-City luncheon. The award honors those who have worked to improve Oakland and encouraged others to create positive change.
“I’m honored and grateful to be recognized by the League of Women Voters because I am deeply committed to Oakland,” said Commissioner Martinez. “I believe that we all play an important role in shaping the health and well-being of our community.”
Commissioner Martinez was the founder and first CEO of the Unity Council in Oakland. The Unity Council provides economic and educational programs for Oakland’s Fruitvale residents. She also spearheaded the Fruitvale Transit Village which is a national model for housing, retail, and transit communities.
“Arabella Martinez has inspired others to bring about positive economic and social change to their own communities,” said League of Women Voters of Oakland President Louise Rothman-Riemer. “That’s what ‘making democracy work’ is all about.”
Commissioner Martinez is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) from UC Berkeley in 1966. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter appointed Commissioner Martinez Assistant Secretary for the Office of Human Development Services, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
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Mike Zampa 
Communications Director

Port of Oakland

(510) 627-1565
Robert Bernardo
Communications Manager

Port of Oakland
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