Juan Marinez

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Juan Marinez

 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 AgricultureNational 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.