Loretta P. Martinez is General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs for the City University of New York, where she oversees the legal operations of CUNY’s 24 colleges and schools. Martinez has devoted over 19 years of her career to working in higher education. Prior to joining CUNY, Martinez previously served as General Counsel and Secretary to the Board for Metropolitan State University of Denver, General Counsel for the Colorado State University System and Legal Counsel and General Secretary to Colorado College. She began her career in higher education in 1995 at her alma mater Harvard University where she was a Harvard Administrative Program Fellow while working in the General Counsel’s office.
Over the course of her career, Martinez has worked for elite private universities, selective public research systems, and large urban universities dedicated to achieving diversity, access, affordability, career relevancy and quality outcomes students. Martinez endeavors to be an advisor not just on important legal issues but on initiatives that can transform the educational landscape through work in the legal, legislative, policy, charitable and community arenas.
Loretta began her career as a litigator, clerking for the United States District Court of Colorado and law firm associate. She received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991 and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University in 1988. She is frequently invited to speak on a variety of topics nationally, including the higher education legal landscape, leadership, public private partnerships, Title IX, undocumented students and board governance.