Councilwoman Isis Garcia-Martinez was born in Havana Cuba on May 18th, 1967, like many Cubans at the time her parents fled the island due to the Castro Regime. She left Cuba at the mere age of 11 1/2 months and lived in Spain and New York City before arriving at our great City of Hialeah in 1969. She was raised by her mother, a single parent and architect graduate from Havana who gave up her career to work in a factory in search of the "American Dream".
Isis Garcia-Martinez grew up in the City of Hialeah and went to school at the well known and respected Edison Private School. She attended Hialeah Senior High and is a graduate of Miami Springs Senior High. She also attended Miami Dade College and Barry University.
At a very early age, community activities allowed her to meet many local elected officials and community leaders such as Herman Echevarria, Rolando Blanco, Lolo Villalobos, former Mayor Raul Martinez and many others. At the age of 18 she met her husband Alexis who introduced her to politics. She was immediately drawn to politics and that same year (1987) was married, became an American Citizen, a registered voter in the Republican Party and a candidate for the Hialeah City Council. Although she was unsuccessful at first, she continued to pursue her dream and in 1991 was elected to serve a 4 year term as a City of Hialeah Councilwoman. This was the first time that three women held Council positions in Hialeah. At the time, she was inspired by the strength and courage of a respected leader in this community, one of her mentors, Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
Councilwoman Garcia-Martinez dedicated her years in and out of office to our Senior Community, Early Education and Healthcare. She has worked in the Healthcare field for over 20 years and has been an advocate for Community Programs geared towards Healthcare and Senior Citizens. She has worked in several hospitals throughout the years such as South Miami, Hialeah Hospital and is well known for her many years of service and dedication to Palm Springs General Hospital where she specialized in outreach and marketing. Isis Garcia-Martinez was appointed by former Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas to the Miami-Dade County Health Task Force where she was recognized for her assistance and input towards creating solutions for our healthcare crisis. She has presented at local schools as a motivational speaker for children and has been instrumental in raising funds for special programs in our local schools.
In 1995 the councilwoman lost her re-election, she continued her involvement in the community and decided to run again unsuccessfully in 1997. She established her own business (Ideal (HRS) Medicine Program) in 2001. Her dedication and commitment to her business has assisted over 5,000 families in our community as well as throughout the United States, providing free medication, diabetic supplies, healthcare awareness and advocacy.
Isis Garcia –Martinez continued her community involvement. Ten years later, she and her family decided to fully support another mentor and council President at the time, then Mayor Julio Robaina. Her involvement in that campaign aroused her love for politics and she decided to run for Hialeah City Council once again. This time, after being out of office for 12 years, Isis was re-elected and sworn in on November 26th, 2007.
Isis has been married for 25 years to Alexis Martinez. She has two children of her own Alexis Jr. 24, Christian Frank 20, and helps raise stepson Michael Alexander 27. The Martinez household is also home to a Chihuahua “Titi” and a mixed Mastiff “Boo”.
Favorite Quotes to live by;
"The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow." Abraham Lincoln
"Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." Ronald Reagan