Moore Appointee to Stadium Authority Board Has Troubled Financial Past

One of Gov. Wes Moore’s appointees to the board of the Maryland Stadium Authority – an agency charged with overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in projects and leases – has a troubled 35-year financial history that includes a $7.2 million personal bankruptcy and scores of lawsuits filed against her for unpaid debts, records show.

Yolanda Maria Martinez, 60, of Ellicott City, has had millions of dollars in judgments entered against her in court — some satisfied, some not — her wages garnished, automobiles repossessed and properties she owned foreclosed upon, public records show.

In announcing her appointment Feb. 17, Moore’s office touted Martinez as the chief strategy officer for Project Enhancement Corp., her husband Ricardo Martinez’s Germantown company, but her name is not listed anywhere on the firm’s website as an official or member of the leadership team.

She currently owns and operates a few small boutiques on Main Street in Ellicott City, some of which appear to have been purchased after she filed for bankruptcy, a case that closed nearly 14 months ago, records show.