Clara Martinez

Fellow '24

Clara Martinez is a Mexican-American education equity practitioner, curriculum designer, and first-generation advocate. She is passionate about leveraging design thinking, strategy, and program design to improve education and career outcomes for underinvested students in higher education. Prior to veering into the education sector, she worked in international affairs with a focus on US foreign policy and humanitarian-oriented projects in cities including Mumbai and Johannesburg. Her expertise includes college access/college success and career readiness coaching among first-generation and low-income undergraduates, accelerator models in education, corporate social responsibility, and international exchange and professional development programming for senior-level professionals.


MSc International Relations | London School of Economics and Political Science
BA Communication Arts and Political Science | Linfield University
Certificate, United Nations and Global Challenges | The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Past Work

Program Design, Curriculum Design, Strategy | Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Education, Youth Development | Imagine Scholar
Organizational Strategy, Research, Human-centered Design | Atma – An Accelerator for NGOs

Favorite Friday Activity

My favorite Friday activity is playing a round of golf with friends.