REM & Associates was founded in 2003 by Ramona E. Martinez and Joelle Martinez-Prutch. With extensive political and business experience Ramona and Joelle have created a company that is committed to partnering with each and every client to deliver success. REM is a minority-owned and operated company located in Denver, Colorado and servicing clients across the country.
With experience, dedication, creativity and leadership REM has become a sought-after firm for both business and political clients. REM has recently added new associates to meet the demands of their clients. The REM team brings a unique blend of political and business experience. As a former Denver City Councilwoman, Ramona Martinez has maintained important connections locally and nationally. With her leadership the REM team is able to work effectively in all levels of government.
Ramona E. Martinez
Ramona Martinez became involved in politics during the 1970s. She was motivated to work with organizations to improve the role of women and minorities in politics. In 1976, Ramona was appointed Chair for the Colorado Voter Registration Project. Her focus and ambition led her to a job with the Denver City Council.
In 1987, with the support of her family and friends, Ramona Martinez ran for Denver City Council District 3. She was victorious in her first campaign and continued to represent the constituents of District 3 for 16 years. Ramona was elected the first Hispanic female President of the Denver City Council and served for two consecutive terms.
During her 16 years on the Denver City Council, Ramona developed sensible legislation, built coalitions and maintained strong community relations.
Prior to running for the Denver City Council, Ramona and her sister opened a travel agency. The implementation of her marketing and business development plan led to the company being listed as one of the "Top 500 Hispanic Businesses" in the country. It only took the company two years to achieve that remarkable status.
While Ramona is most recognizes for her local grassroots politics, one cannot overlook her national involvement. The Clinton Administration appointed Ramona Martinez as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee. Ramona was the first Chair of the Hispana Leadership Institute. She served as Vice Chair of the NALEO Board of Directors. And is currently an Executive Committee Member of the DNC, the Vice Chair of the DNC Hispanic Caucus and Secretary of the DNC Women's Caucus. Ramona has also been published twice in the Kennedy School of Government Journal.
Ramona Martinez founded REM & Associates to train young people in campaign management, business development and community relations. She utilizes her knowledge and experience to build a team of strong consultants that provide excellent services to their clients.
Whether it is local grassroots representation, small business savvy or national politics Ramona Martinez is a leader and a success story.
Joelle Martinez-Prutch, a Denver native, began working in the political arena during the late 1990s. Over the years, Joelle has become one of the most sought-after Colorado-based campaign consultants for local, state and national campaigns. Her fields of expertise range from political strategic development and logistics to grassroots tactics and organizational development. Joelle started REM and Associates in 2003 with her partner Ramona Martinez.
In 2006, Joelle was the Western Region Director for Communities United to Strengthen America, a national AFSCME 501c4 organization. She successfully developed and implemented a regional field and communication plan in four Western states. Under her leadership the western region program engaged new voters across the region by implementing an aggressive community-oriented campaign which supported the election of new members of Congress dedicated to the issues facing middle-class families across the country.
Joelle has an extensive communications background. In 2005, Joelle served as Communications Director for the Colorado Democratic Party. Under her leadership a new communications plan was developed and implemented. She also conducted media training for people across the state. Her strengthen in media and public relations was evident throughout her work at the party. She also assisted in improving internal communications within the state party, which included the introduction of an online weekly newsletter.
During the 2004 Presidential Election while working at REM she served as lead consultant to the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Her roles and responsibilities included: developing and implementing effective campaign strategies, providing support for targeting and engaging Hispanic voters, executing Hispanic events at the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston, and managing grassroots campaign efforts.
As a Principal at REM and Associates, Joelle has maintained a successful political and business client base. She has provided consultation to several municipal campaigns, local businesses and national organizations. She has also served a local and national lobbyist. Joelle works with the REM team to provide successful and effective consultation for each and every client.
Joelle also has experience in the private sector. She served a Senior Financial Representative for a large national corporation. She has served in a number of managerial and communication positions in the private sector.
Outside of work, Joelle enjoys spending time with her husband Jason Prutch and her close family and friends. She graduated from the University of Colorado.
Lawrence Martinez Sr.
Lawrence Martinez is a former International Senior Vice President for Graphic Communications International Union. Before he retired from the union, Lawrence was on the merger committee that brought the GCIU and IBT together in a successful merger.
During his time as International Vice President Lawrence worked out of the GCIU office in Washington, DC. He served as the Political Director for his union and was a member of the AFL-CIO Political Committee. He led negotiations for his union. Lawrence lobbied for fair wages, health care and retirement benefits for his members. Lawrence was co-chair of the Industry Pension Fund and Secretary of the International Health and Welfare Fund. His International duties led Lawrence, to represent his union on the UNI International and ICEM.
Lawrence has been a political activist for over 40 years. He has served on local boards and committees and participated in local, state and national elections. He is an expert in grassroots campaign efforts. Lawrence is also a successful business owner in several minority-owned and operated companies in Colorado. He has vast business experience and is a valuable asset to the business development sector of the firm.
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