Monica Martinez is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute. In this role, she provides strategic direction and support for multiple initiatives across LPI, most specifically focused on performance assessment. Martinez has spent her career focused on addressing college success from both the higher education level and the k–12 level.
Martinez started her career working for admissions at a public university in Texas and ended her time in higher education as an Assistant Dean of the College for Williams College. Since then, she has worked for foundations and intermediaries in various leadership roles on high school redesign. Most recently, she worked at the XQ Institute, part of the Emerson Collective, where she was responsible for supporting a portfolio of innovative high schools. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Previously, Martinez wrote the book Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the 21st Century to inspire readers on what is possible in teaching and learning. She has served as a President Obama appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the President of the New Tech Network, the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks, and a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership.
Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and a B.A. in Sociology from Baylor University. She was named an NYU Distinguished Alumni in 2017.