News of the College August 2005

New board members named

Reed’s board of trustees recently named three new members. All will serve five-year terms.

Alex J. Martinez ’73Alex J. Martinez ’73 is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 1997 and was retained by voters in 2000 for an additional 10-year term. He was a state court trial judge from 1983 to 1996 and a public defender for seven years. He is the chair of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Public Access to Electronic Information, the policy committee for public access to the Colorado Courts’computerized case management system and for the Website of the Colorado Courts. Martinez is also the Supreme Court Liaison to the Colorado Courts' Integrated Information Services Standing Committee, and is the Special Assistant to the Chief Justice on technology-related Issues. In addition to his work with information technology, he is the Supreme Court Liaison for the Colorado Criminal Rules Committee.

Martinez received his J.D. from the University of Colorado and has been a member of the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board of Directors. He is on the Servicios de la Raza Board of Directors (a social services agency) and has served as chair of the Pueblo Advisory Board of the Packard Foundation. He has also served on selection committees for college admissions and award of scholarships.

Martinez and his wife, Kathy, live in Littleton, Colorado and have two daughters.

Linda Matthews ’67 co-founded Chicago Review Press in 1973 with her husband, Curt. Now a very successful mid-size publisher bringing out 50 titles yearly, Chicago Review Press publishes primarily nonfiction in the areas of music and film, black interest, documentary journalism, and memoir and has strong lists of professional titles for teachers and activity guides for older children on subjects from the Civil Rights movement to Monet and the Impressionists. Chicago Review Press owns Independent Publishers Group, the nation’s third-largest distributor of independent press titles.

Matthews has a B.A. in English from Reed College, an M.A. in English from Tufts University, and completed the coursework for her Ph.D. in English, also at Tufts. She is author of the book The Balancing Act, first published in 1978. Matthews has served on Reed's National Advisory Council, the alumni board, and as a volunteer for the admission office.

The Matthews have three grown children and live in Evanston, Illinois. Their son, Clark, graduated with a degree in English from Reed in 2004.  

Alice Larkin Steiner ’74 is an urban planning and real estate consultant. She worked from 1990 to 2000 as executive director of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, which initiated several redevelopment projects in downtown Salt Lake City and close-in neighborhoods under her leadership. She has also worked extensively on public-private partnerships, public and private financing of real estate development, nonprofit and for-profit housing development, and the impact of public planning on development decisions.

Steiner served on Reed’s National Advisory Council from 1993 to 1999. Currently, she is treasurer for a non-profit corporation that builds affordable housing in Salt Lake City, serves on the National Advisory Board for the Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City, is an advisory board member of the Sarah Daft Home, and is a member of the Educational Resource Development Council, University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

After earning her B.A. in art history from Reed, Steiner received her master's of city and regional planning from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Her husband, Kevin, is also a 1974 graduate of Reed, earning his B.A. in philosophy. He received his M.A. in philosophy from Stanford University in 1977 and his M.S. in management science from MIT in 1979. He is currently co-CEO of ALSCO, a linen supply company. The Steiners live in Salt Lake City and have two grown children, Robin and Andrew.

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