Martina served as an immigration attorney for Kempster, Keller & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd., focusing on employment and family-based immigration, political asylum, deportation and removal defense, appellate litigation and complex citizenship representation. She retired from full-time practice in 2011.
Throughout her legal career, Martina was an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), appearing frequently as a speaker at national and local AILA conferences and participating in annual lobby days held in Washington D.C.
Martina joined Openlands’ Board in 2021. She is an avid traveler and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and kayaking; as a visual artist, Martina also draws inspiration from nature.
Martina serves on the Board of Directors of the Old Town School of Folk Music and as a Member of the College Advisory Council for the University of Chicago. She has also held several volunteer leadership positions with the AILA, the Village of Lincolnwood, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign on Immigration Reform.
Martina lives in Evanston. She received B.S. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.