Member Profile: Paulina Martinez

Posted on April 25, 2019

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Paulina Martinez

Assistant to the City Manager, City of Evanston, IL


So far, what’s your proudest accomplishment in 2019?

Completing a facade improvement program in a historically underserved area of Evanston. It was an investment of $100,000 that benefitted 6 low-income businesses.

What do you “love” about your job?

Having the opportunity to help communities with placemaking, and advocating for economic justice.

(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…

have visited all the continents.

10 Year Challenge! What were you doing in 2009? How did it help you reach your current position?

In 2009 I was a freshman/sophomore in college, and was traveling around the country with the Mock Trial team, had I not done that, I would have never learned about urban planning, therefore, I would have never landed in local government,

(Complete the sentence) The first time I heard about ELGL was…

…when one of my co-workers signed up to go to the annual conference in 2017.

What question should we have asked? What’s the answer?

“What are your passions in life?” Plants, futbol, crossfit, Latin American and pre-Columbian history, and good urban planning.

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