Sycuan Chairman Cody J Martinez

Chairman Cody J. Martinez

Cody J. Martinez is a results-driven tribal leader dedicated to protecting the Sycuan’s sovereignty and expanding opportunities for all.

Now in his second term and eighth year as Sycuan’s Tribal Chairman, Cody J. Martinez has provided strong leadership to the Tribe and to the more than 3,000 employees of Sycuan’s affiliated businesses. Under his stewardship, since 2014, Sycuan has streamlined operations, reduced costs, expanded and improved services, making Sycuan’s Tribal government synonymous with transparency, accountability, economic growth and community involvement.

His vision for job creation, tax generation and expansion of critical services has improved the lives of his constituents, Sycuan employees and the surrounding communities. Under his guidance, The Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC) has greatly expanded its reach and influence. By diversifying the STDC’s holdings, Chairman Martinez has delivered unprecedented financial stability in concert with a long-term commitment to self-determination, expanding future revenue streams beyond gaming alone.

Chairman Martinez’ commitment to Sycuan being an engaged community partner has elevated the Tribe’s profile throughout San Diego. Sycuan’s physical and financial backing of worthy causes and economic development projects throughout the region have resulted in thousands of hours of service and millions of dollars in support for some of the communities’ most vital causes and vulnerable constituencies.

Martinez being inaugurated as Chairman of Sycuan

Prior to his election as Chairman, Martinez played a critical role in developing new and improved infrastructure on the reservation through securing federal grant funds and spearheading an $18 million capital project. With conservation and the protection of natural resources being close to his heart, Martinez helped create a first-in-the-nation Natural Resource Management Plan for nearly 1,500 acres of land acquired by the Sycuan Band. Through one-of-a-kind partnerships with the County of San Diego, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the state of California, Martinez was able to preserve and protect a sensitive wildlife habitat, simultaneously creating opportunities for future economic development and protection of cultural and archaeological resources.

As Tribal Treasurer from 2007-2010, Martinez demonstrated a quick grasp of the nuances of budgeting, prudent debt management and strategic reduction in government expenses in the face of an economic recession.

Chairman Martinez also served in a leadership role on the Sycuan Gaming Commission, protecting the assets of the Tribe and preserving the integrity of the gaming experience for customers. As the primary regulator of gaming operations, Chairman Martinez helped ensure strict compliance with Tribal ordinances, the Tribal-state compact and Federal regulations.

A fourth generation descendent of Soloman Paipa, an original allottee when the Sycuan reservation was established in 1875, Martinez was born and raised on the Sycuan Indian Reservation. He is the product of local schools and the proud father of 2 children.

Sycuan Teddy Bear Drive
Chairman Cody Martinez at the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive

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