Diane J. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Paramount, has been a member of the City Council since 1994. She is currently serving her fifth term as the City's Mayor.
Martinez earned her Bachelor's degree in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach. She went on to earn a teaching credential in multiple subjects, a preliminary credential in education administration and a Master's degree in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has been a full-time elementary school teacher since 1985 in the communities of Lynwood, Inglewood, and Pico Rivera, and has served as an acting principal, vice principal, and reading specialist, as well as in other supervisory roles.
Martinez serves as Immediate Past President of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA), which represents 67 member cities that depend on contracts and collaboration between governments to deliver services to residents. She is the City's representative for the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County and the L.A. County City Selection Committee. She is also a member of the Paramount Sister City Committee and the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee.
In her spare time, Martinez enjoys playing golf. She is a longtime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.