Hector Martinez is one of the most well-respected and well-known college admission professionals in the country. An expert in all aspects of college admissions and related areas in the field of education, he has 24 years of professional experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. He spent 8 years as a senior admissions officer at The Claremont Colleges (Pitzer), 2 years as College Counselor and faculty member at The Buckley School in Los Angeles, and is currently in his 15th year as Director of College Guidance for The Webb Schools.
Mr. Martinez has been an active participant and panel presenter on numerous NACAC, WACAC, ACT and College Board professional organization events, including serving on the planning committees for regional and national College Board Forums. He served on the Executive Board of WACAC and has taught college counseling courses at UCLA. He has also served as Chairman of The College Board Western Region and was a member of the Council of the College Board Scholarship Service. He most recently was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the National College Board Guidance and Admissions Council and is a founding school member of the Board of Directors for ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools).
Mr. Martinez has written for numerous publications on the subject of college admissions and is frequently profiled or quoted in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Most recently he is being featured as an expert advisor on Unigo.com, a nationally-syndicated blog on college admission issues.
Mr. Martinez has been honored with the prestigious Jean E. Miller Excellence in Teaching Award from The Webb Schools, along with awards and honors from The College Board and ACCIS. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Pitzer College and his Masters degree in Education from The Claremont Graduate University. He resides in the Claremont area with his wife, Coleen (VWS ’86), and their two sons, William (13), and Benjamin (10).