Juan Marinez, is a graduate of Michigan State University. He was the MSU Extension program director, and joined MSU Extension in 1973 as a program leader in special programs. He also served as a regional Extension supervisor for MSU Extension. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman as the national program coordinator on farm workers and secured $20 million to farm workers who had been negatively affected by natural disasters, the first-ever available funds to go to farm worker assistance during a natural disaster. Juan served as an assistant to the director and was responsible for establishing a nationwide network of community-based, nonprofit organizations serving migrant/seasonal farm workers living in low-income situations. He established the first Hispanic farmer’s cooperative in Michigan. His research work on enumerating Hispanic farmers has had a positive impact on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service census. Marinez's interests include documenting Latinx history in Michigan and helped established the oral history project, Mexican Voices, Michigan Lives. Marinez serves as a commissioner on Michigan's Hispanic/Latino Commission.