FC Valencia

Claudia Dunn-Martinez

Claudia Dunn-Martinez
Club President
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FC Valencia Co-Founder & Club President

In collaboration with Charles Martinez and Justin & Susan Lundin, Claudia is a co-founder of FC Valencia.  She is the Chief Executive Officer for the Board of Directors of the FCV, generally supervising, directing and managing the business of the Club, taking the lead to initiate and implement policies, as needed.

Believing that decision-making in youth sports must focus upon “quality over quantity,” Claudia is steadfast that communication among the players/parents, coaches and Club administration must be the cornerstone of FC Valencia in carrying forth its important and unique developmental vision.

Living, breathing and experiencing all aspects of the competitive youth soccer landscape for nearly 18 years and passionate about volunteering, Claudia previously served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Futbol Club/LAFC Chelsea/Flyers Soccer Club and the Crescenta Valley Soccer Club; the Santa Clarita Blue Heat (United Soccer Leagues/W-League Semi -Pro team) as Media Director and Team Manager; in addition to volunteering as Flotilla Information Officer for two years with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Her experience, both administratively and as a single working parent of a highly motivated Club and college soccer player over the years, imminently qualifies her to handle those sneaky “soccer emergencies” as well as all aspects of Club administration and operations.

In addition, Claudia works full-time in her “retirement job” at College of the Canyons, as the Chief of Staff (Special Assistant) to Chancellor Dianne Van Hook, an exciting and fulfilling position within one of the top community college institutions in California.  Before that, she was fortunate to be in a position to take an early retirement from the City of Los Angeles, culminating a career spanning some 29-years in a variety of legislative, policy, administrative and community engagement arenas.  Claudia worked in Executive Management positions throughout the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of the City Clerk, Los Angeles Police Department, Community Development and Housing Departments, to name a few.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from UCLA, a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Society.

Claudia and Charles met as a result of competitive youth soccer and recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.  They have four adult children between them, and two small granddaughters, of one of whom is already kicking around a ball and squealing:  “GOOOAAL!!!” 

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back……play for her!”   ~~ Mia Hamm