Leanne Martinez, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is currently the Senior Legal Research Manager of Intellectual Property at H-E-B, a multi-billion dollar grocery company.
After obtaining an associate’s degree in network administration, Leanne launched her career in the technology department at Trinity University. Continuing with her love of technology, she then joined a technical team at Rackspace, a web hosting company, where she quickly moved up through the ranks. While working on several projects that overlapped with the legal department, Leanne discovered a new-found interest in the law and enrolled in paralegal school at University of Texas - San Antonio. Leanne then joined the Rackspace legal team and served as an intellectual property paralegal before moving to her current role at H-E-B.
After working in the legal field for many years, Leanne started to miss her love of technology, so she co-founded the San Antonio chapter of Lesbians Who Tech +Allies in early 2018. Leanne serves as the organization’s San Antonio City Director and aims to create a community and platform that is inclusive of women from all walks of life who have a shared passion for technology.
Born with a servant’s heart, Leanne has dedicated her life to giving back. She is a proud member of LGBTQ community who feels fortunate to have been accepted wholeheartedly by her friends, family, and colleagues. Knowing that not everyone is so fortunate, Leanne strives to provide support and safe spaces that bring members of the LGBTQ community together and help them feel less alone. She strongly believes that we should all be seen and heard for who we are — not what we are.
Leanne has also served on the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) board, participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, co-chaired the Pride employee resource group during her tenure at Rackspace, and now serves on the Corporate Diversity Leadership Council at H-E-B. In her free time, Leanne enjoys photography and experiencing San Antonio’s theater and vibrant arts.