Diversity and Engagement
Executive Director, Educator Programs
Claudia Martinez provides direction for UC’s educator preparation and professional development programs, including the California Subject Matter Project, and P–20 college-going partnerships. She is also UC’s liaison to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), which advocates for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation.
Claudia has held leadership positions at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Merced. She managed regional college-going initiatives aimed at increasing academic success and college access for underserved students. At UC Merced, Claudia was one of the founding administrators for the university’s youngest campus. She brings 25 years of expertise in partnership development, legislative advocacy, policy analysis and engagement with K–12 schools, universities and diverse communities.
Claudia has worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
A native of Los Angeles, California, Claudia received her bachelor’s degree in law and social policy from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. She is an alumna of the Executive Leadership Academy at UC’s Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and the California Education Policy Fellows Program (EPFP) sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership.