I am uniquely qualified for the commissioner role

My life has been about giving back to community.  I will continue to work for all members of Boulder County and address issues of Accessible Housing, Healthy Environment & Community, Economic Opportunity, Climate Change & Sustainability, Social Justice & Equity and Stewardship & Management of Resources.

I am honored to have been asked by community to run and represent District 2 as your next Boulder County Commissioner.  I bring a unique and qualified local community voice and will continue to support your needs and interests.

questions from the commissioner campaign trail

PRIORITY issues in boulder county

I have been working to protect community & will continue to focus on these areas:


Accessible housing is demonstrated when we have

housing available at an attainable level for

the diverse members and unique

circumstances of our entire community. 

We must ensure that our public servants like

teachers and police can live in the same

community that they serve. I will continue to

address the issue of access to housing with

creative solutions and a housing expert

lens, as I have for 20 years as a sustainable

housing advocate.

  •  I  have been a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate  Professionals for many years. Since 2014 I have been part of the Denver  Metro Chapter Board of Directors fighting for access to mortgage for all  residents who can qualify.  Our association lobbies in D.C. for credit  access and programs that will open up more housing opportunities for all  communities. 85-90% of my clients in the last 20 years are monolingual  Spanish speakers and bilingual families. 
  • I  sat on the City of Longmont Multicultural Action Committee (LMAC)  Advisory Board for almost a decade in a variety of capacities: Chair,  overseeing the budget to sustain a community strategic plan that I  assisted in designing and Housing and Health Task Force Chair.  We  worked on housing inspections and issues of access to affordable  housing.
  • 2006:   All America Cities Delegate. I was chosen to represent Longmont in  this national competition where I served as a community delegate to  share volunteer work with LMAC and the policies, infrastructure and  programming we created to better serve Longmont.


A healthy community is visible, heard, able to

participate and is educated. Health & Human

services are critical to create options and

alternatives for all residents. My work with

Resiliencia Para Todos/Resiliency for All addressed health

and safety equity issues experienced by

residents of Boulder County after the Flood

of 2013. I will further partnerships with local

agencies that fight for community justice

issues, impacting holistic health and wellness; 

from access to healthy foods to

open space and parks.

  • 2018-  Present: I have been facilitating a team in Human Centered Design work  for the Community Foundation of Boulder County. As one cohort of four  national teams we are learning a new methodology of engaging community  to determine needs prior to development of programming. 
  • 2016-2018:   Climate change is affecting all of us. I Coordinated, as a Resiliency  Specialist, a State grant from Division of Local Affairs, through the  City of Longmont, on a data assessment of residents throughout Boulder  County to determine barriers to access.  We found that those barriers  exist not only during times of natural disaster, but also throughout all  service sectors in our county.  I will use the community  recommendations to inform work that will include community voices  aligning with the County Commissioner vision of using an equity lens.
  • 2010-2015:  I served community as a teacher completing a Practicum at Skyline High  School , teaching overseas and locally in St. Vrain School District. 
  • 2013-2016  I developed a  Colorado State Based Standards approved curriculum for  Spanish for Spanish Speakers, created new Professional Development for  all St. Vrain Educators on financial literacy and built a 3 Tier Family  Engagement program entitled Enlaces.


A thriving community is only possible when

economic opportunity is equally available to

everyone. For over 20 years, I have fought to

ensure that all of our Boulder County

residents have the same access to housing

and the financing that makes that possible. I

spent years working to address the

generational wealth gap that exists. My

community voice is critical to include real life

stories of students, families and small

business owners as our County continues to


  • As  a small business owner and self-employed resident; I know what hard  work it is to create, develop and navigate systems.  I am a working  family like many of our Boulder County residents. I have volunteered my  time to assist the Latino Chamber of Boulder County, in developing that  structure as well as sponsoring LasL3, a Spanish language Lunch and  Learn format to support women creating and maintaining small business in  Longmont.
  • Over  the years I have been sought out to work with local chamber of  commerce, real estate associations and economic development groups to  review policies and structures and advise them about the ways to  integrate all sectors of Longmont's business community as well as care  for all workers throughout our community.   Advocating for partnerships  and collaborations has been an important part of my work throughout  Boulder County.
  • In  2004 I was invited to participate in the creation of a community bank  focused on serving underrepresented residents in Colorado. The  experience of building a company from the ground up with a team of 20  other Organizers required understanding of the banking system, national  regulations, community needs and processes that are unique  qualifications to use in my next role as County Commissioner.

CLIMATE ACTION & Sustainability

Boulder  County and Colorado are leading climate action initiatives through  pivotal work and research around sustainability and local resiliency.   Marta has been a leader in assuring all residents of Boulder County are  considered and included in local climate action solutions.  It is  imperative to include bilingual youth, Latino Cultural Brokers, local  government partners and community agencies to further conversations  about working together to determine more resilient climate action  strategies that work for all. Marta will begin to implement existing  community based recommendations, to ensure that more voices throughout  Boulder County are incorporated in our local climate action solutions. 

  • As  a bilingual Cultural Broker, I included my educator and housing lens  when coordinating an exhaustive resiliency data assessment serving as  the City of Longmont’s Resiliency Specialist on Resiliencia Para Todos in 2016-2018.
  • As  an Advisor I have supported curriculum for the first pilot program of  Boulder County Cultural Brokers to include language access in county  work.
  • I  have participated with Boulder County & Larimer  County Office of  Emergency Management departments to facilitate full community input into  the natural disaster planning and preparedness programming  (2016-present).


During  the last 12 months of participating in community events, discussions,  town halls, and local hearings; I have heard a resounding concern from  Boulder County residents feeling like they are “not heard.” From a  business and operational perspective the root of that concern must be  addressed in local government.  Community members currently have very  limited forms and tools to communicate with Boulder County  Commissioners. Marta has already been engaging  with new forms of  outreach to involve underrepresented sectors of community to emphasize  the importance of new input and participation in county matters.   Overseeing and ensuring that our county resources are used efficiently,  effectively and equitably is simply a good business practice.  Marta  will offer a fresh perspective on fiduciary oversight,  county  operations,  and equitable resource allocation. 

  • Housing  Advocate: Since 1999 I have facilitated investment of more than 75  million dollars for first time buyer families while introducing and  moving them through county and state funded resources.
  • Solera  National Bank: I have organized, with a team of another 20 community  members, a Colorado bank to serve an  underrepresented banking sector  and provide products that are supportive of financial goals and dreams  of Colorado families.
  • Longmont  Multicultural Action Committee:  For a decade I volunteered and  facilitated a budget for the City of Longmont to create an inclusive and  welcoming community. I headed a Health and Housing Task Force ensuring  housing inspections to eliminate substandard housing, formation of the  Boulder County Latino Chamber to support small business  and creation of  the Longmont Latino Strategic Plan to give the City of Longmont metrics  to support the now 30% of our local City of Longmont population who  fits in that demographic.
  • Longmont  United Hospital Centura Health Board: Oversight of one of Colorado’s  largest employer facilities includes reviewing practices, creating a  strategic plan for meeting holistic health goals for Longmont and our  surrounding community, caring for employees and responding to the ever  changing health care market of the U.S.


My diverse career background has created opportunitites to work in social justice and equity for All

I  will lead with a unique lens to do the critical work of institutional  change with the same urgency I have been for the last 28 years.  As a  single parent, my life has been a path of role modeling and working hard  to create a future for my two boys.

  • As  a CU undergraduate student it was imperative for me to join in a  student movement demanding history of all be included as we fought for  the creation of an Ethnic Studies Department.
  • As  a previous banker, that career was interrupted when I began to see the  inequities of financial services providers in Boulder County.
  • As  a mortgage lender, my eyes were opened to the way regulation affects  positively and negatively, our neighbors and families in their quest to  provide safe and stable housing in Boulder County and our State of  Colorado.
  • As  a housing advocate, my love for education has allowed me to facilitate,  by legally representing, hundreds of families along the Front Range in  the intricate and complicated process of home purchase.
  • As  a licensed teacher, I was able to serve in Ecuador and in St Vrain  Valley School District, alongside other dedicated professional educators  and provide representation to kids who needed support, create  curriculum  & professional development for our school district.
  • As  a Resiliency Specialist I coordinated the key data indicating community  needs that will be my first focus as a commissioner to answer community  based recommendations to allow local government, agencies and  institutions to serve our full community.
  • As  a consultant I facilitated a national cohort from Boulder with a Knight  Foundation Grant, to determine community needs and that work is  elevating the value of cultural brokers in our local community.