Dan Martinez ’77

Board of Trustee Member

Appointed 2021

Affiliation: Alumnus
Number of Years: 2021-present
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Occupation: Attorney, Tritico & Rainey
Other Board Memberships: The Center for Secure and Free Society, United Against Human Trafficking
Other relevant Experience/Expertise: Former Economic Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State
Education: BA, Bowdoin College; Diploma, London School of Economics; JD, University of Houston 

What inspired you to join the CRMS Board of Trustees? After years in public service working on international economic affairs, I am ready to take on new challenges here in the U.S., specifically around international competitiveness and why the U.S. is beginning to lag behind other countries. Many, including me, point to our educational system as the source of our lower standing in international economic/development rankings. Every part of our educational system must do its part to address this challenge and I felt I could contribute towards this goal at CRMS.

What do you value most about CRMS? The school’s academic heritage. John Holden’s vision, his pursuit of this vision ,and the educational philosophy with which he imbued the nascent school are the stuff of legends. This rock-solid foundation was still very much alive when I attended CRMS and has helped it to weather the challenges and to grow. Even as the country is being pulled in many directions, this enduring legacy, this spirit continues to its guiding principle. We must continue to nourish this spirit and this legacy, especially at a time where so many bearers of this torch move on after many years of service to CRMS.

What are you most excited about as you embark on your new role as a Trustee? I join the Board at a time when CRMS has started a new chapter towards a more vibrant community and renewed focus on excellence in education. We are embarking on a journey to strengthen and expand CRMS’s foundation to prepare our students to take on emerging challenges facing our nation and the planet. We are seeing new ways of transporting people and things are becoming more commonplace and even the boundaries that have defined us as a human race are being pushed further and further out. CRMS must be at the forefront of this wave of innovation not just from the technology perspective, but setting the ground rules for the conversation about what that future looks like.