Angela Belden Martinez
Angela Belden Martinez serves as the Regional Director for EDA’s Denver Regional Office, responsible for EDA’s ten-state mountain west region. Angela joined the Denver office in 2016 after serving for more than six years as EDA’s Director of External Affairs in Washington, D.C., where she advised the Assistant Secretary on strategic policy issues and managed both the legislative and public affairs work of the agency. As part of her work at EDA, Angela has helped shape and launch several multi-agency initiatives, including the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, and EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program, now known as Build to Scale.
Angela brings 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Angela was Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, where she managed global communications efforts and served as a senior advisor to the CEO and member company officials. Prior to that, Angela served clients and developed business at two prominent Washington, D.C. public affairs firms. An Indiana native, she served as Communications Director for her hometown congressman as well as Deputy Press Secretary and Director of Communications for former Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon. In these roles, Angela acted as spokesperson, developed and coordinated media and messaging strategies, and worked closely with external stakeholders. Angela earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.