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Ms. Martinez is principal and owner of Ruben Strategy Group LLC. She is a strategic regulatory and governmental affairs consultant with over 15 years of experience in regulatory, government, and business to business relations. She has a proven record of working across the political aisle and with diverse interests to achieve goals. In the Midwest and across the country, she has built connections with regulated utilities, consumer advocates, manufacturers, environmental groups, and key government stakeholders. With Ruben Strategy, she works with major national associations, non-profits, coalitions, and energy related businesses to help develop their markets, create strategic pathways to solutions, and grow their organizations.
Monica served for over 6 years as Commissioner at the Michigan Public Service Commission, overseeing the regulation of electric and natural gas utilities. During her tenure she led new consumer education and awareness efforts promoting low-income and senior programs, energy affordability via efficiency, and the value of generation resource diversity. She was elected by her fellow state commissioners to the President of the Organization of MISO States and also represented them as President of the Mid America Regulatory Conference.
Monica's experience in state government also includes work in the executive and legislative branches, serving as Deputy Legislative Director to Michigan's former Governor and as a senior policy advisor on energy issues to the Michigan Senate.
Martinez earned a Bachelors in Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration, with distinction, both from the University of Michigan.
When she is not golfing or playing sports with her two young children and husband, she devotes her spare time as President of Hispanics in Energy, lector at St. Casimir Parish, and board-member of the Lansing Southside Community Kitchen.
Principal and Owner, Ruben Strategy Group LLC
Board Member and Treasurer, AWE
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