Monica Martinez is an education strategist and consultant, author, presenter, a Senior Fellow for the Hewlett Foundation and appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

(Photo Courtesy of Monica Martinez)

(Photo Courtesy of Monica Martinez)

Martinez’s background is broad and impressive; she shares expertise and knowledge of her successful career.

What is the scope and responsibilities of current role?

“I have become an education strategist and consultant for philanthropy and non-profits, Senior Fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics and an author. As an education strategist, I work with philanthropy, nonprofits, states, districts and schools to help them establish or codify strategic priorities and develop plans for their implementation. I also assist in the design, roll-out support, and/or management of ongoing or short-term initiatives or programs by my clients.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“I have a few. I enjoy speaking as well as delivering workshops with school leaders on how to implement practices that support deeper learning. I enjoy going to meetings and networking with people where we can leverage each others work and connect people with others who can help them. And then I love working with grantees, especially if I am able to help them be more strategic or effective at what they are doing and in partnership with the foundations who have provided them with support.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“My Ph.D. did, but it was real life and work experience that really shaped who I am and how I can contribute to individuals. The degrees make me a more critical thinker and understand the theory and scholarship behind so much of the work we do in education – so it is valuable. But it is the people skills, experience and passion I need to be successful.”

Do you have any advice for people who desire to pursue a similar career?

“When people ask you if you want to be in education, do not think the only role is to be a teacher. I admire teachers and always say, I never had that courage. But I knew I could contribute differently and over time, found how I could contribute to education at large and I hope, therefore, for many teachers and/or their students.”

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