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Posted on: February 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Brighton City Manager Named One of BizWest’s Notable Minority Leaders


Brighton City Manager Michael Martinez was recently recognized as one of BizWest’s Notable Minority Leaders in 2022. This category recognizes leaders from a wide range of sectors who have demonstrated the power to advance their industries, workplace equality and civic engagement in our region.

Martinez was nominated by Assistant City Manager Karen Borkowski Surine. In the nomination, Surine said, “I have watched him fill various roles in the city during his approximate six years tenure. He is a natural leader, a genuinely kind person and collaborator.”

Martinez was appointed City Manager in October 2021. Prior to his appointment, Martinez served as Assistant City Manager of Economic Development and Communications & Engagement. Additionally, Martinez oversaw the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority on behalf of the city and served as the Executive Director. Martinez came to the City of Brighton in March 2015 as Economic Development Specialist for the Brighton Economic Development Corporation and was promoted to Assistant Economic Development Director in September 2015. In March 2016, he became the Economic Development Director. He has more than 15 years of local government experience, working in a variety of roles with the City of Brighton and the City and County of Denver. A native of Adams County, Martinez earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado - Denver’s award-winning Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy.

Martinez is one of 28 minority leaders recognized by BizWest. The leaders profiled were nominated by their peers at work and in the community and showcase the diversity of talent in our market. To learn more or to see all the leaders recognized, visit 


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