PERB Chair Anita Martinez has announced that she will retire on July 4, 2016, after more than 40 years of State service. Chair Martinez has the distinction of being the last of PERB’s “original” hires. She opened PERB’s San Francisco Regional Office (SFRO) on July 1, 1976 and subsequently became the Regional Director of the SFRO. During her time at the SFRO, she gained a state-wide reputation for being one of the most effective Board agents for settling cases. Having appeared before her several times in the 1990’s, I can say that her reputation was well-earned.
In 2011, Governor Brown appointed her to the Board of PERB and named her Chair. In 2014, Chair Martinez was re-appointed to a five-year term ending on December 31, 2018. Her retirement in July will leave the Board with three members: Priscilla Winslow, Erick Banks, and Mark Gregersen.