Mel Martinez is Chairman of the Southeast U.S. and Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
After more than a decade of public service, Mel joined JPMorgan Chase in July 2010. Based in Florida, he represents the firm to clients throughout the Southeast Americas – from individuals and businesses to large corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations.
Mel was elected to the United States Senate in 2004. Representing Florida as a U.S. Senator, Mel served on several committees including Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Armed Services and Foreign Affairs. While serving in the Senate, Mel led efforts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and was a trusted voice on foreign policy issues throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Prior to his time in the Senate, Mel served as the 12th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the first Cuban-American to serve in a President’s cabinet, he became known for his efforts to increase homeownership for all Americans and his aggressive efforts to end chronic homelessness.
Mel also served as Mayor of Orange County (Orlando, FL) and prior to his public service, he practiced law for 25 years. He received both his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Florida State University.
In addition to his role with JPMorgan Chase, Mel also serves on the boards of Marriott Vacations Worldwide as Lead Director and NVR, Inc.
Mel and his wife, Kitty, reside in Orlando; they have three children and five grandchildren.