President Barack Obama Nominates Kathy Martinez

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Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the Kathy Martinez and several other individuals to key administration posts:

President Obama said, "This group of public servants joins my administration at a critical time in our nation's history.  As we work to rebuild our economy, achieve energy independence and keep American strong at home and abroad, I will rely on their trusted counsel and extensive experience on the issues.  I look forward to working with them in the months ahead."

Kathy Martinez, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor:

Blind since birth, Kathy Martinez is an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, diversity and gender issues.  She was appointed Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Oakland, CA, in 2005.  Martinez directs Proyecto VisiĆ³n, WID's National Technical Assistance Center to increase employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities in the United States, and Access to Assets, an asset-building project to help reduce poverty among people with disabilities.

At WID, she also led the team that produced the acclaimed international webzine DisabilityWorld (www.disabilityworld.org) in English and Spanish.  In 2007 she was appointed a member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a Congressionally-created agency dedicated to research and projects in conflict management. In 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed Martinez as one of eight public members of the newly-established State Department advisory committee on disability and foreign policy.

In 2002 she was appointed by President Bush as one of 15 members of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency advising the President and Congress on disability policy.
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