Monica R. Martinez is an education strategist, author, and speaker on innovation and education, including high school redesign, teaching, and college access. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), a non profit organization founded and led by Linda Darling Hammond, that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. She is also an appointee by the Governor as a Commissioner for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Prior to this, Dr. Martinez was the Chief School Support Officer for the XQ Institute where she oversaw the XQ schools and the overall strategic, programmatic, policy, and partnership development in support of them. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Obama and an education strategist. As an education strategist, Dr. Martinez served in an advisory capacity to multiple organizations, including foundations, nonprofits, and state systems to assist in creating, revising, or implementing their education strategies and initiatives. She has served as the President of the New Tech Network and the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks; and in Washington, DC, she was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where she founded the Washington, D.C.-based National High School Alliance, and supported the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Project, The Pathways to College Initiative, and The National Partnerships for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. She has served on numerous national and local boards, including Learning Forward, Marin Humane, The Grantmakers for Education, AdvanceEd, the Youth Policy Institute, and A Better Chance. In 2016, Monica received her PhD from New York University and her undergraduate from Baylor University. She was named as a Distinguished Alumni of New York University in 2016.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, I served as the President of the New Tech Network and the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks. In Washington, DC, I was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where I founded the Washington, D.C.-based National High School Alliance while developing and managing three other projects. I have been a columnist for Phi Delta Kappan and still publish in the magazine and have been a contributing author to other books and independent reports. I am an international and national speaker on the topics of deeper learning, education innovation and reform, college readiness, and the future of learning. A recent talk can be found at: www.TEDxWashingtonHeights.com.