Awards and Honors

ALPFA Names Monica L. Martinez One of 50 Most Powerful Latinas

DALLAS, Sept. 28, 2020 – Comerica Bank’s Senior Vice President of National Community Affairs Monica L. Martinez has been named one of the nation’s “50 Most Powerful Latinas” in 2020 by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

The list highlights the achievements of senior Latina executives from across the country leading Fortune 500 companies, departments or large private firms, and continue to serve as trailblazers for Latina professionals.

“To be recognized alongside these Latinas who continue to inspire and lead future women business leaders is truly humbling,” said Martinez. “I am proud of Comerica’s commitment to diversity that emphasizes the value of fostering relationships with community leaders, entrepreneurs, customers and nonprofits. I’m fortunate to collaborate with colleagues who work together in this important initiative to help better serve our communities.”

Martinez’s oversight includes the management of external community initiatives and partnerships, Comerica’s Diversity Business Resource Groups, corporate volunteer programing with a focus in low- and moderate-income communities and managing all aspects of the bank’s national Hispanic Business Development. 

In the capacity of external Diversity director Martinez oversees 19 Business Resource Groups which support the bank’s diversity outreach across our primary markets. In addition, she works hand in hand with Comerica’s CRA market managers to identify Volunteer opportunities that support community outreach and financial education across Comerica's footprint. Her responsibilities also include developing and maintaining relationships with key community stakeholders nationwide and serving as a spokesperson for the bank. 

Martinez joined Comerica in 2006 in support of the bank’s ongoing commitment to building strong relationships with Hispanic business owners, entrepreneurs and communities. Under her leadership, Martinez’ teams have reached many milestones including Comerica being named to the Hispanic Business Magazine’s Diversity Elite 60 list (in the top 10) in addition to being highlighted as the number one company for Supplier Diversity for two consecutive years. In addition, LATINA Style Magazine named Comerica as one of the top companies for Latinas to work.

For the complete list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas, visit

About Comerica

Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Commercial Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $84 billion at June 30, 2020.

About Women of ALPFA

Launched in 2002, the Women of ALPFA (WOA) initiative provides unique development and networking opportunities for ALPFA’s Latina members and the companies that want to reach them.

WOA is dedicated to the professional success of Latina women, offering targeted programs and training through a professional development curriculum. WOA aims to provide professional Latinas with the tools to strengthen their leadership and management skills, fostering both their professional and personal growth.


Founded in 1972, the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) was the first national Latino professional association in the United States. ALPFA’s purpose is connecting Latino leaders for impact and is committed to developing Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. Today, ALPFA serves over 92,000 members in 160 student chapters and 45 professional chapters across the country.