Nevada HAND Board Directors, Mark Olson & Eloiza Martinez
Eloiza Martinez has served on the board of Nevada HAND (Housing and Neighborhood Development) since the organization’s infancy. Throughout her tenure, she has been the chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary, as well as served on several committees. A retired banking executive with Wells Fargo, Eloiza continues to champion the extraordinary impact high-quality, affordable housing can have on hardworking Nevada families and seniors, especially when coupled with supportive services that help residents with economic security, health and wellness, education, and engagement.
In the philanthropic community, the phrase “time, talent, and treasure” are common ways to categorize a gift. Eloiza Martinez has demonstrated all three unwaveringly. She has given generously of her time, serving on nearly every committee and in several different capacities throughout her tenure on the board. She has helped guide the organization throughout its 25-year history, and has helped steer its growth to 33 apartment communities throughout Southern Nevada, now serving more than 7,200 Southern Nevadans, including about 3,000 seniors.
She has also given graciously of her talent. Eloiza’s dedication to ensuring diversity within organizations and creating upward mobility opportunities spans her career with Wells Fargo, where she served as assistant vice president and community reinvestment officer, supervising the community development loan department, which ensures that loans are made to low and moderate-income people. Her belief in providing opportunities for people and neighborhoods to thrive embodies Nevada HAND’s mission of “creating opportunities to live well.” Eloiza is also a consistent donor, helping to advance the mission of the organization and enable Nevada HAND to provide these high-quality homes, as well as a full complement of supportive services to help every child, adult, and senior living at a Nevada HAND community thrive.
This October, she officially becomes Nevada HAND’s first Board Member Emeritus, having contributed her time, resources, and expertise over the past 25 years to growing the organization into one that helps thousands of hardworking Southern Nevadans every day. Her continued involvement reinforces her dedication, spirit, and enthusiasm for the organization she has helped shape and the community to which she has given so much.