Monica R. Martinez, PhD
PO Box 1176; Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 271-9482


  • Recognized national expert in secondary education with multiple years of experience ideating, developing, directing major education innovation and reform initiatives, including a focus on school designs, teaching and learning.
  • Broad and deep experience in multiple education sectors including philanthropy, school networks, including those that are technology and innovation focused, intermediary organizations, federal, state, and regional agencies, policy think tanks, and higher education institutions.
  • Expertise includes grantmaking, school redesign and innovation, managing rapid growth and scaling, teaching and learning, project management, strategic planning partnership and strategic development.


Monica Martinez Education Consulting, Tiburon, CA                         2011 to Present: EDUCATION STRATEGIST

  • Consult on K-12 issues, primarily in secondary education on teaching and learning and leadership development.
    Identify and help showcase innovative schools that have transformed teaching and learning through project based learning and integration of technology for foundations, particularly Hewlett.
    Evaluate viability of organization’s planned or ongoing strategic initiatives, and if necessary, helped developed plans for their implementation and ongoing management.
  • Through the Education Delivery Institute, work with state agency and systems’ leaders in K-12 and higher education to review, define and implement their education priorities, goals, and aspiration, particularly the Common Core in K12 and Pathways for Student Success in higher education. This also includes coaching and formal training to state leaders on system efficacy and capacity to achieve their goals and vision through the use of data analysis, benchmarks, and trajectories.
  • Assist in the roll-out of initiatives, providing short-term execution and management as needed.
  • Clients included The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, The Council of State Governments, Teaching Matters Inc., and Community College of Philadelphia.

The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Washington, DC COMMISSIONER 2011 to present

  • The Advisory Commission advises the President and the Secretary on matters pertaining to the education attainment of the Hispanic community, including:
    • Developing, implementing, and coordinating educational programs and initiatives at the Department and other agencies to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics of all ages.
    • Increasing the participation of the Hispanic community and Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the Department’s programs and in education programs at other agencies.
    • Engaging the philanthropic, business, nonprofit, and education communities in a national dialogue regarding the mission and objectives of this order.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio 2004 to 2010

PRESIDENT, NEW TECH NETWORK (July 2009 to December 2010)

• Oversaw relationships with schools, districts or states that were engaged in transforming schools into technology-rich, student-centered environments and active learning.

• Focused organization on accountability for school level results through collecting annual benchmarks, differentiating technical assistance services at school and district level, and revamping the learning management system.

• Created and developed the strategic direction, and growth strategy to develop deeper learning through innovative use of technology and inquiry based or project based learning across high schools nationwide.

• Responsible for turning around the organization including re-structuring the organization, including revamping the contracts for low performing schools to high capacity schools, re-branding and positioning the organization through the use of key messages, advocacy, and social media. As a result, eliminated the organization’s $2.5 million deficit, doubled the number of schools served from 39 to 70 in one year; positioned the organization for continued growth for over 100 schools; leveraged partnerships, and raised over $5 million of grant funds from major donors and increasing national awareness of New Tech Network.


• Designed the long range strategic plan to transition the foundation from a statewide foundation focused on reform and policy to a social enterprise focused on nationwide educational innovation focused on future of learning. Identified New Tech Foundation as leading strategy for KnowledgeWorks’ national expansion, led initial investment and subsequent acquisition and integration of New Tech Foundation into KnowledgeWorks as the New Tech Network subsidiary.

• Provided support and advice in the development and positioning of two other subsidiaries, EdWorks, high school reform model, and Strive, an intermediary focused on collective impact.

SENIOR FELLOW (October 2004 to July 2007)

• Joined Foundation as its first Senior Fellow, responsible for advising CEO and Executive Leadership Team on national education reform issues and elevating Foundation’s national profile.

• Helped develop multi-million dollar grant investment into a technical assistance organization focused on high school reform (EdWorks) piloted in Ohio and now offered nationally.

Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC 2000 to 2004: SENIOR ASSOCIATE

• Launched and managed a $1.5 million, five year contract from U.S. Department of Education to provide nationwide support across federal, state, regional, and district agencies for a federal program through the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform

• Founded and launched the National High School Alliance with support from multiple foundations in an effort to develop a consensus on secondary education reform from national leaders and stakeholders.

• 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.

• Created the Framework for College Readiness for a nationally multi-funded partnership, the Pathways to College Network, that was integrated nationally across college access networks.

Institute for Education and Social Policy 1998 to 2000 RESEARCH ASSISTANT, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

• Assisted in implementation evaluation of New York Networks for School Renewal (NYNSR), an education collaboration in New York City, originally funded through the Annenberg Challenge Grant.

• Developed the quantitative and qualitative survey instrument design, conducted and oversaw all 112 site visits, analyzed the quantitative data analyses and wrote report.

National Center for Urban Partnerships (NCUP) 1996 to 1998 PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

• Assisted in design and implementation of technical assistance to 16 cities across mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico for Urban Partnership Program, Ford Foundation-funded K-16 partnership initiative.

Williams College, Williamstown, MA 1991 to 1996 ASSISTANT DEAN OF THE COLLEGE

• Developed and implemented college-wide academic and student life policies and procedures, processed sexual harassment grievances by students and college personnel, served on college-wide committees, and oversaw program budgets.


• Developed and implemented Residential Summer Orientation program for over 500 incoming students, including staff selection and training. Advised and coordinated Scholar’s Program.


• Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and Higher Education Administration, New York University Steinhardt School of Education, New York, NY, 2004.

Dissertation: Communally Restructured High Schools and the Education Attainment Gap

• B.A. Sociology and Social Work, Baylor Univ. College of Arts and Sciences, Waco, Texas, 1984


• Current: 10,000 Degrees Board of Directors (Marin College Access and Scholarship Organization) to support their expansion and identifying their niche; Education Tall Ships Board of Directors (Sausalito) to develop their education program; and AdvancED Board of Directors (International and national educational accrediting agency) to support education innovation.

• Former: Appointed by the Chancellor of SUNY (State University of New York System) to the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel member focused on the Future of Teacher Preparation; Youth Leadership Institute (San Francisco/Marin); Grantmakers for Education Board of Directors; Advisory Board, Pathways to College, 2004-08; Advisory Board, E.L Haynes Charter School, DC, 2002-04; Accountability Review Committee, DC Charter School Board, 2004-08; A Better Chance (ABC) Board of Directors (Williamstown, MA), 1991-1996.


Presenter on Future of Teaching and Learning 2007 to Present

• International and national, regional, and local presenter for policy leaders, school boards, foundations, membership organizations, foundations, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), California’s Commonwealth Club, New Teacher Center, College Board; TEDx and the Council of State Governments. Featured expert on Doing What Works website ( for Dropout Prevention and Academic Support.

Presenter on Research and Policy on High School Reform and College Readiness 2002 to 2006

• National and regional conferences and meetings including plenary and panel sessions for the National High School Center, American Youth Policy Forum, Alliance for Excellent Education, College Board, Council for Opportunity in Education, American Research Education Association, Wisconsin High School Task Force, 2003 U.S. Department of Education Regional High School Symposia, Education Commission of the States, The Council for Great City Schools’ High School Institute, 2003 American Federation of Teachers Quest Conference.

Presenter on Evidence-Based Decision Making and Comprehensive School Reform 2000 to 2004

• National and regional conferences and meetings including plenary sessions for State departments of education, and The American Federation of Teachers, the Association for Curriculum and Supervision, the annual National Association of Secondary School Principals, College Board, and annual meetings organized by various state departments, regional education laboratories and comprehensive centers.


Martinez, M & McGrath, D. (Spring, 2014). Deeper Learning; How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century; New York, NY: New Press.

Martinez, M & McGrath, D. (Spring, 2014). The New Role of Teachers in Learning. Kappan Magazine. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappan.

Martinez, M & McGrath, D. (January, 2014). Planning for Deeper Learning: A Guide for Schools. Menlo Park, CA: Hewlett Foundation.

Martinez, M & McGrath, D. (Spring, 2014) Self Direction as the Foundation of Learning. Kappan Magazine. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappan.

Martinez, M. (2009-2011). Innovation in Education Column. Kappan Magazine. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappan.

Martinez, M. and Schilling S. (2010). Using Technology to Engage and Educate Youth. In Putting All Students on the Graduation Path. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.

Jones, Sarah, Martinez M, Cai, C. (2009). Good Things Come in Small Packages: Lessons Learned from the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative. In Saving America’s High Schools. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

Martinez, M. (December, 2005). The Link between High School Reform and College Access. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum and the Pathways to College Network.

Martinez, M. (September, 2005) State Policies to Support High School Reform. Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Martinez, M. & Donis-Keller, C. (2004). Theme Schools: One Model for Restructuring High Schools. In Double the Numbers: Postsecondary Attainment and Underrepresented Youth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.