As Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector at the Department of Homeland Security, Al Martinez-Fonts, Jr. is charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the Department.
In April 2002, Mr. Martinez-Fonts retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Chase Bank in El Paso, Texas. Before moving to El Paso, he was President of the Chase Bank in San Antonio. He began his 30-year career with Chemical Bank (a JP Morgan Chase predecessor organization) as a management trainee and worked his way through the organization as a lending officer in the Metropolitan Division and the International Division. Mr. Martinez-Fonts has lived and traveled extensively overseas, including managing Chemical Bank’s offices in Manila, Philippines (1976-1979) and Mexico City, Mexico (1982-1988). He was Regional Manager based in New York of Chemical’s business in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia (1980-1982).
Mr. Martinez-Fonts received his undergraduate degree in political science from Villanova University in 1971 and his MBA in finance from Long Island University in 1974.