Ms. Martinsek was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 1997 and currently chairs its Economic Development Committee and serves as a member of its Finance & Personnel Committee.
Her previous government experience includes serving
in the City’s Community Development Agency from
1974 – 1980, Director of Housing Development and
Rehabilitation in the Department of City Development
from 1984-1987, and Marketing Director for the City
from 1988-1992. While serving in those capacities,
Ms. Martinsek helped develop a long-term strategic
housing plan for the City, worked with neighborhood
groups and minority businesses to promote
Milwaukee’s unique cultural diversity, and worked to develop
and launch the City’s Riverwalk system. From 1980 to 1984 she was employed by Milwaukee World Festival Inc. as General Manager of Summerfest and was also charged with working to bring more ethnic festivals to the lakefront site.
Ms. Martinsek left the City to take a year off and cruise the coasts of Mexico in her renovated trawler, the Aurora. Upon her return in 1993, she established her own consulting firm, Martinsek & Associates. She continues to be attracted to public policy issues and projects with the potential to shape the city. Ms. Martinsek and her firm have been fortunate to play a part in some of the areas largest projects including the design and construction of the Downtown Convention Center and Miller Park, and Milwaukee County’s long range planning for the Zoo. Her firm has also worked to produce events including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governor’s Association Annual Meeting, and the International Joint Commission Biennial Forum on Great Lakes Water Quality.
Ms. Martinsek is involved with Professional Dimensions, a women’s business group, and served as its president in 1989. She was honored in 1998 with the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, served as the Chair of the Wisconsin Women’s council from 2004-2011, and currently is a member of the Milwaukee Women, Inc.; a group that focuses on promoting women for service on boards of directors.