WHO I AM
I am Marcello Diego Martinez, AIA, a proud third-generation San Antonian and a resident of District 3 for fourteen years. A graduate of Central Catholic High School and the University of Texas at Austin, I am a Registered Architect, and an award-winning architectural designer who has owned my own business since 2008. I have worked on hundreds of projects over the course of my career – notable among them are those rooted in the cultural fabric of our city such as the Mission Concepcion Riverwalk Portal, the revitalization of downtown’s Houston Street, places of worship for diverse religious communities, and the adaptive reuse of the Nix building, a major landmark of San Antonio.
I served as a member and Chair of the San Antonio Planning Commission for eight years. While there, I often built bridges to balance opposing interests – using my specialized industry knowledge and personal historical understanding of the city to advocate for preserving the character and stability of neighborhoods faced with growing needs.
I draw my inspiration and love for our city from my family history. As a young boy, I learned early lessons about service – working alongside my grandfather and father at volunteer events. My father was a San Antonio firefighter and was a driving force behind promoting youth soccer, culminating in the Mission City Youth Soccer organization, a non-profit serving historically under-resourced youth on the South and East side of San Antonio. My mother and grandparents were volunteers, educators, and counselors in the SAISD. Through their mentorship and my own experiences, I learned the powerful impact of the simple act of helping a neighbor in need.
No doubt, this ignited my commitment to servant leadership. I have taught design principles at San Antonio College. I am a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class 35, and have served as Board Member for several non-profit organizations including the YMCA, San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio Youth Soccer, The Playhouse San Antonio, SAWS Rate Advisory Committee, and the Alamo Plaza Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
I understand that each decision made today stands to affect our future generations. My own daughters, Juliana and Georgia, serve as inspirational reminders of this.
I believe the rich history and promising potential of our city lie in its heart – the people who live within it. Through my service in District 3, I aspire to continue the legacy of creating a resilient, diverse and thriving San Antonio.