Alfonso “Al” Martinez-Fonts Jr. is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Martinez-Fonts previously was a consultant to the U.S. Chamber as president of Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in homeland security and international issues. He was also affiliated with Adelphi Capital, LLC, and Command Consulting Group.
Before that, Martinez-Fonts served as assistant secretary and special assistant to the secretary for the private sector at the Department of Homeland Security. He was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the department. Martinez-Fonts worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the department. He served under secretaries Ridge, Chertoff, and Napolitano.
Earlier in his career, Martinez-Fonts worked for 30 years at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors, Chemical Bank and Texas Commerce Bank. He served as president of Texas Commerce Bank in San Antonio. In 2002, he retired as chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Chase in El Paso.
During his 30-year tenure in the banking industry, Martinez-Fonts worked in the metropolitan and international divisions. He lived and traveled extensively overseas, including managing Chemical Bank’s offices in Manila and Mexico City. He was regional manager, based in New York, of Chemical’s business in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.
Martinez-Fonts served on many boards, including Project ARRIBA, ACCION International, and ACCION USA. He was a member of the Frito-Lay Hispanic/ Latino Advisory Board. He also served on the Fannie Mae Advisory Board and the American Bankers Association Communications Council.
He was chairman of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, The Greater El Paso Chamber Foundation, and president of The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City. He was the 1995 recipient of The National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award.
Martinez-Fonts currently serves on the boards of the Safe America Foundation and Recall Infolink.
Martinez-Fonts received his undergraduate degree in political science from Villanova University in 1971, where he serves on the Alumni Association Board. He received his M.B.A. in finance from Long Island University in 1974. Martinez-Fonts was born in Havana, Cuba, and is fluent in Spanish.