Nancy Martinez is a proud long-time resident of Rockaway Queens, a mother of two, a small business owner, and a community leader who has helped over 15,000 New Yorkers learn new skills and start a career. She is a single mother and the daughter of a decorated marine who instilled in her a deep sense of honor and service.
Those values were only further instilled when a tragic accident that left Nancy’s brother paralyzed. The experience of taking care of her brother awoke a passion to help others, especially children.
Nancy has since made it her life’s work to help others pursue a better life — literally. In 2010, she opened the New York Career Training School in Far Rockaway, where she educates thousands of New Yorkers every year, helping them develop new professional skills, obtain health care for themselves and their families, and start a new career. To date, the Training School has graduated over 16,000 students and with an estimated rate of over 98%, has employed close to 15,760 of her graduates.
But Nancy’s compassion and commitment to her community extends well beyond her work. She is the founder of the Rockaway Adult Social Center in Far Rockaway, which provides support and a community space for seniors in her neighborhood. In 2016 Nancy established the international foundation “Tocando Corazones” (Touching Hearts) that helps to bring education and health care to those living in poverty worldwide. Because of her work helping community members obtain health care, Nancy was elected to the Board of Directors of the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Clinics.
Working closely with financially struggling families in Rockaway, Nancy has first-hand experience and true understanding of the horrendous pain of poverty and its effect on our communities — something far too few of our leaders in City Hall have. Nancy knows how many hard-working New Yorkers are fighting every day just to stay ahead of bills, send their kids to school, and put food on the table. She’s running for office to fight for them.
In the past years, Nancy has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community and has been a recipient of the following awards and honors: