Sandra J. Martínez is director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation. In this capacity, she plans, coordinates and oversees Cal Wellness’ public policy activities as a means of advancing its mission, achieving its goals and amplifying the impact of its grantmaking. She is responsible for grantmaking related to advancing public policy, which addresses health issues from a systemic perspective and supports efforts focused on improving policies or conditions using activities such as education, advocacy, civic engagement and policy analysis.
Martínez joined Cal Wellness as a program director in January 2002 and became the director of public policy in 2011. Previously, Martínez directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and directed other community-organizing efforts at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She has also conducted extensive research on health-related issues such as the effects of the AIDS epidemic on teens, co-authoring a chapter of “The AIDS Challenge: Prevention Education for Young People” and “The Los Angeles County Adolescent HIV Strategic Plan.”
Currently she serves on the board of Neighborhood Funders Group. In 2010, she was a fellow in the inaugural class of Grantmakers In Health’s Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, and also completed a four-year term as a commissioner for the city of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families (2006 to 2010). She is a past member of the board for the Los Angeles Trade Tech College Foundation; community-funding board member for the Liberty Hill Seed Fund; past president of the board of the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles; and a former board member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, and the California Child, Youth and Family Coalition.
She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
smartinez [at] calwellness.org
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