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Martin Martinez
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Martin Martinez

Community Navigator

Community Navigator at the Hispanic Access Foundation, Martin passionately connects Latino-led, Latino-serving, and tribal communities across the United States to transformative capacity-building programs. With an impressive 19-year journey in advocacy in the non-profit world, Martin has been a driving force for equitable public land access, leaving an indelible mark in community leadership, nonprofit organization, immigration resources, community outreach, and government affairs.

One of Martin's notable achievements includes participation of a groundbreaking initiative that increased public land access in underserved Latino communities by 30% at the San Gabriel National Monument, Sand to Snow, Castle Mountain, and Coachella Deserts Monument designation. His strategic approach to community engagement has not only fostered trust but has also resulted in a rise in participation in local faith groups environmental conservation projects.

In addition to his impactful advocacy, Martin brings a unique skill set to the table, including bilingual proficiency and a deep understanding of diverse cultures. His ability to seamlessly bridge cultural gaps has been instrumental in fostering meaningful connections with communities, facilitating smoother collaboration and understanding.

Martin is dedicated to advancing the Hispanic Access Foundation's mission by applying his expertise in community and network building. His work is not just a profession but a commitment to empowering communities and driving sustainable change. Through his role, Martin continues to contribute to the foundation's overarching goals of creating a more inclusive and resilient future for all.


Why he works for Hispanic Access…

"Nearly a decade ago, I had the privilege of collaborating with the Hispanic Access Foundation during my tenure as youth and associate Pastor at a church in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Maite Arce introduced me to this dynamic organization in 2014, and witnessing their unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized communities left an indelible mark on me. The dedication, passion, and genuine care displayed by the Hispanic Access team resonated with my own values as an advocate for community empowerment. Maintaining a close relationship with the organization over the years, I have been consistently inspired by their holistic approach to community development. When the opportunity arose to contribute directly as a member of their team, I knew it was a chance to align my professional journey with my commitment to community advocacy."


In his spare time…

“In my spare time, I love to be with my wife and our two wonderful little kids. Traveling, going out to nature, visiting theme parks, and embarking on wild adventures are some of our favorite things to do. As a pastor, I cherish my role in our church, where I have the privilege to mentor and challenge our community, inspiring them to live a better life.”

His favorite book…

“My favorite book? There are so many I enjoy. Firstly, it's the Bible personally. Where else can you get history, culture, and great worldwide events all in one single place? I also enjoy 'Traction' by Gino Wickman; I keep it on my desk daily. I like 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie, and I also enjoy Dr. Seuss books. 'The Cat in the Hat' books are some of my favorites..”

A person he finds inspirational…

“An inspirational figure in my life is my wife – the most compassionate, caring, and bravest person I have ever met. She exudes strength and grace in the face of challenges from her upbringing. Despite the hurdles, she remains positive, graceful, and elegant, always finding the bright side of things. She is a true inspiration, my backbone, my support, and my personal encourager. Her resilience is nothing short of amazing.”

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