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Press Release Governor Baker Appoints Josefina Martinez to the State Ethics Commission

Current board member Maria Krokidas designated Chair
For immediate release:
10/23/2018
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Media Contact for Governor Baker Appoints Josefina Martinez to the State Ethics Commission

Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Press Release

BOSTONGovernor Charlie Baker recently appointed Josefina Martinez to the State Ethics Commission and designated existing member Maria Krokidas as Chair. The Commission works to foster integrity in public service in state, county and local government, and to promote the public's trust and confidence in that service and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties.

“Josie Martinez has an impressive 28-year track record of litigation experience in state and federal court that will make her a valuable addition to the State Ethics Commission,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am also pleased to designate current member Maria Krokidas to serve as Chair of the Commission and look forward to her leadership enforcing the Commonwealth’s conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws.”

The State Ethics Commission is a non-partisan, independent agency, consisting of five members appointed to serve staggered, five-year terms with three appointments made by the Governor, one by the Attorney General and one by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The Commission administers and enforces the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws and has jurisdiction over state, county and municipal employees. Josefina Martinez will join the newly designated Commission Chair, Maria Krokidas, the Honorable David A. Mills (ret.), the Honorable R. Marc Kantrowitz (ret.) and Thomas J. Sartory. The Commission functions in three separate divisions: Legal Division; Public Education and Communications Division; and Enforcement Division.

About Josefina Martinez:

Josefina Martinez is currently Senior Partner/General Counsel at EBS in Newton. Most recently, she was a Business Litigation and Financial Services Practice Group Partner at McCarter & English LLP.  Ms. Martinez has over twenty-eight years of legal experience representing clients from various industries in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts. She has advised numerous organizations on risk assessment, business strategies, contract negotiations, governmental investigations and regulatory compliance. Ms. Martinez served in Governor Paul Cellucci’s administration from 1997 – 2000 as Executive Director of the Judicial Nominating Council, overseeing four Supreme Judicial Court appointments and the appointment of the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Governor Baker appointed Ms. Martinez to Chair the Latino Advisory Commission in 2017. 

She began her legal career as a Clerk in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Georgia before becoming Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection Bureau of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General in 1992. Ms. Martinez graduated from Boston College in 1989, and received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of law in 1992.

About Maria Krokidas: 

Maria Krokidas is a founder of Krokidas & Bluestein and presently serves as Of Counsel to the firm’s transactional group. She has over forty years of experience representing for-profit, non-profit and public entities in real estate, finance and corporate matters. Ms. Krokidas has counseled numerous non-profit, for-profit and quasi-public authorities on all matters relating to corporate organization and operations including statutory and regulatory compliance and implementation. Ms. Krokidas has extensive experience advising public and quasi-public instrumentalities. She actively serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations and is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Ms. Krokidas is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. She has served on the State Ethics Commission since October of 2016.

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Appoints Josefina Martinez to the State Ethics Commission

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