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Dr. Monica Martinez

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Dr. Monica Martinez is an education strategist for philanthropy and non-profits, Senior Scholar to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  As an education strategist for philanthropy and non-profits, Monica serves in an advisory role to leaders’ of organizations, helping create, shape or assess an organization's initiative; assist in the roll-out of initiatives and ongoing management or short term execution; and help establish or codify strategic priorities and develop plans for their implementation, including state departments and higher education systems. Her clients have included The Bechtel Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation, The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, The Community College of Philadelphia and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Martinez has recently completed a book with Dennis McGrath, Deeper Learning: How Eight Public Schools are Transforming Education in the 21st Century (New Press, 2014).
Monica’s expertise is in secondary education and college success. She has worked across the K-16 sector primarily on high school reform and innovation as well as access and success in higher education. Prior to serving as an independent educational strategist, Monica served as the CEO and President of the New Tech Network and the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks. In Washington, DC, Martinez was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where she founded the Washington, D.C.-based National High School Alliance, developed two projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (the Theme High School Network and the Catalog of Core Research on Secondary School Reform) to support their work on small schools while also managing the National Clearinghouse for School Reform (NCCSR) in collaboration with the George Washington University. Before moving to D.C., Monica was an Assistant Dean of the College for Williams College and then in New York in the Dean’s Office and working with a Ford funded initiative, the National Urban Partnership Program, and the Annenberg Challenge Grant.
Monica serves as a Commissioner for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and  10,000 Degrees, one of the most effective and innovative college access organizations in the country based in San Rafael, CA.  She has been appointed by the Chancellor of SUNY (State University of New York System) to TeachNY Advisory Council and previous to that, was appointed to the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel member focused on the Future of Teacher Preparation. She has served on the boards for AdvancED, an international accreditation agency, and Youth Leadership Institute (San Francisco/Marin), Grantmakers for Education (GFE), A Better Chance (ABC); and was an Advisory Board member for the Pathways to College Network and E.L Haynes Charter School, DC.
Martinez was a columnist on “Innovation in Education” for Kappan Magazine and still occasionally publishes in the magazine. She was a contributing author in several books, including Putting All Students on the Graduation Path (Jossey-Bass), Double the Numbers for College (Harvard Press), and Saving America’s High School (Urban Institute). She has also authored multiple independent reports such as The Link Between High School Reform and College Access. She is an international, national, regional and local public speaker for educators, education and policy leaders, foundations, membership organizations, and state departments on the topics of high school reform and innovation, deeper learning, the future of learning, and college access and success. Monica earned her PhD in Sociology of Education and Higher Education Administration from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and her B.A. from Baylor University.

Education Strategist, Senior Scholar to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA

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