Santa Barbara Young Professional of the Year

Ivette Martínez | Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)


Ivette Martínez is an exceptional leader in the field of HR, known for her dedication, passion, and innovation. She actively fosters opportunities for young professionals to connect and grow. Ivette is deeply committed to her community, actively volunteering with organizations like the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association, Adelante

Charter School, Junior League of Santa Barbara, and SBYPC.

Ivette Martínez


Ivette is a role model for young professionals, offering guidance, resources, and strong leadership qualities. Her impact extends beyond her career, demonstrating that hard work, integrity, and empathy can elevate individuals to influential community leaders. She is a true ambassador for the values of HR and community engagement, making her a standout choice for recognition.

As one of our nominated responses wrote eloquently, ‘Ivette works hard to be a positive influence for all around her. She is driven and has successfully transitioned into roles that make a big impact on peers while remaining thoughtful on how to find the best outcome for all involved when difficult tasks are presented. She is honest, friendly, and considerate, which make her a strong leader‘.