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Rafael Martinez

Business Research & Intelligence Manager

616-771-0325 martinezr@rightplace.org

Rafael works as a Business Research & Intelligence Manager for The Right Place. In this role, he provides business intelligence and economic research for the organization, and to investors and other stakeholders.

Past Experience

Prior to joining The Right Place team, Rafael worked as a Research Assistant for the Julian Samora Research Institute collecting, analyzing, and presenting data on Latino businesses in Michigan. He also held the role as Operations Officer for the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, and worked independently as a consultant for his own financial consulting business.

Notable Projects:

  • Consulted on Kuyper College’s accounting software switchover.
  • Interim management of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan’s operating budget $1.89M.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics | Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Arts Philosophy | Michigan State University

Favorite Part of Living in West Michigan

Rafael’s favorite part of living in West Michigan is access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. He enjoys camping, especially in the fall and winter seasons, and also appreciates the active arts community and swath of resources within Grand Rapids.

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