Notable BIPOC Executives: Eva Martinez Powless

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable BIPOC Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 16
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Arts, Alverno College
  • Graduate degree/university: Doctorate and master's degree, Marquette University

Last updated on February 23rd, 2023 at 04:21 pm

Eva Martinez Powless became the first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Milwaukee Area Technical College in March of 2021. In December 2022, she was promoted to vice president and chief DEI officer. 

At MATC, Martinez Powless co-led the president’s DEI Task Force, developed the college’s five-year DEI plan, and planned and opened the college’s first centralized, dedicated office space for DEI at MATC’s downtown Milwaukee campus.

“DEI initiatives are of paramount importance to the college,” said Vicki Martin, president of MATC. “We are one of the most diverse two-year colleges in the Midwest and our efforts to meet the needs of all students and employees and ensuring everyone is welcome are imperative to our college and community.”

“(Powless’) leadership practice is inclusive, collaborative, and she strives to lead authentically,” Martin added. “She is focused on the success of our students as well as our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution.”