Maritza Martinez is the Executive Director of Somos Familia, where she works with a grassroots team of volunteers and staff to support families with children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+) and conduct community education to create spaces that welcome and celebrate LGBTQ+ Latinxs and their families. As a queer Latina, a nonprofit professional, leader, and an activist, her work with Somos Familia is deeply personal and she strongly believes that change comes from family leadership within the community she serves. Maritza is a founding member of the LGBTQ Latinx Giving Circle at the Latino Community Foundation. She is a Rise Up Leader in their first California cohort of the Gender Equity Institute. In 2020, she was selected to the Honor 41 list of Latinx LGBTQ role models. Prior to joining Somos Familia, Maritza worked as an organizational development consultant working with organizations from across the country in fields including diversity, leadership, environment, education, and innovation. She served as a program manager at both Green for All and New York Needs You (now America Needs You). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from The Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at the New School. She is a recovered New Yorker living in Oakland, CA.
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