Maritza Martinez

Executive Director, Somos Familia

As a queer Latina, nonprofit professional, leader, and activist, Maritza works with Somos Familia to increase family and community acceptance of LGBTQ Latinxs is deeply personal. She strongly believes that change comes from family leadership within the community she serves. She has worked as an organizational development consultant with organizations from across the country on issues of diversity, leadership, environment, education, and innovation. Maritza is a founding member of the LGBTQ Latinx Giving Circle at the Latino Community Foundation. 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 New School. She is a recovered New Yorker living in Oakland, CA.  

Rise Up Cohort: California 2019