Nelda Martinez

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Nelda Martinez
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Mayor of the City of Corpus Christi
Assumed office
Preceded by Joe Adame
Personal details
Born (1961-07-22) July 22, 1961 (age 53)
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Profession Real estate

Nelda Martinez (born July 22, 1961) is the current mayor of the Texan city of Corpus Christi.


Nelda founded and served as President of First American Closing Office and later sold the successful business to Stewart Title. Nelda has owned and grown four successful businesses. Today, Nelda serves as President, Owner of Adlen, Enterprises, Inc.

Nelda served as President of the Corpus Christi Chapter of Executive Women International. In 1999, the Coastal Bend Area GI Forum Women’s Chapter honored Nelda as the “Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year,” the YWCA gave her the “Y Women in Careers Award for Corporate/Business Management in 2000 and the US Small Business Administration, awarded Nelda the 2007 “Women in Business Champion.” At the 25th Annual State Conference, the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas honored Nelda as an Estrella of Tejas, Star of Texas. Recently, the Texas Speech Communication Association awarded Nelda the “Communicator of the Year for 2013-2014.

Nelda has severed on numerous boards in her region and state including Board Chair of South Texas Public Broadcasting Systems, Inc., where she organized fundraising for the PBS documentary on Dr. Hector P. Garcia, “Justice for My People.” For many years Nelda has been a Life Time Member of NAACP. She also served as a Board Member of Christus Spohn Health System Foundation and is a current Board Member of Foster Angels of South Texas, an organization supporting foster children, and serves on the Advisory Board of Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. Nelda was recently elected in October 2013, President-Elect of Texas Municipal League.

Nelda broke historical barriers in Corpus Christi city council elections becoming the first woman and first Hispanic to be the highest vote-getter in an at-large election, a feat she continued for three elections and became the first Hispanic Woman to be elected Mayor.

A Corpus Christi native, Nelda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.


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