Raymond P. Martinez was nominated by Governor Chris Christie on February 1, 2010 to become the Chairman and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). In this role, Mr. Martinez manages a state agency, which generates more than $1 billion annually and is charged with the licensing of nearly six million drivers and the titling, registration and inspection of more than 4.9 million vehicles. He is also the Chairman of the MVC Board, a policy-making body made of up government and public members. In 2014, Governor Christie also appointed Mr. Martinez as an Executive Branch Member of the State Planning Commission. In this role, he represents state government in the oversight of environmental protection issues, land use, development and redevelopment. In 2015, Mr. Martinez was selected by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to serve as a member of its International Board of Directors.
Mr. Martinez came to the MVC with a wealth of motor vehicle experience, having served from 2000 to 2005 as Commissioner for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles under Governor George Pataki. There he oversaw an organization that served more than 20 million customers.
In his capacity as Commissioner, Mr. Martinez also held the position of Chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, administering federal funding for state and local highway safety projects. During his tenure as Commissioner, Martinez was a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and served as President of its Region I Board and as a member of its International Board in 2005.
Prior to his nomination by Governor Christie, Mr. Martinez was most recently the Deputy U.S. Chief of Protocol and Diplomatic Affairs for the U.S. Department of State and the White House where he was responsible for managing five operational divisions: Diplomatic Affairs, Foreign Visits, Ceremonial Events, Blair House, and Administration.
Mr. Martinez served on numerous White House advance teams for domestic and international trips of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Director for Scheduling and Advance at the White House for First Lady Nancy Reagan and also served as a Special Assistant at the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Additionally, Mr. Martinez served as Assistant General Counsel for the Long Island Power Authority, one of the largest public utilities in the nation, and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General.
Mr. Martinez received his BA from Long Island University/C.W. Post College, in Brookville, New York and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. He resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey.