Crystal Martinez

Associate Director

Crystal Martinez joined UC FGR in August 2017. Prior to joining UC, Crystal served in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) as legislative assistant for a range of issues, including education, housing, child nutrition, arts and humanities, disabilities and social safety net programs. Before joining Sen. Feinstein’s office, Crystal worked at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of English Language Acquisition, the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs and the Office of the Secretary. In addition, Crystal has served on the staffs of Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and then-Sen. Barack Obama (IL), as well as for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX). Crystal began her career as a social studies teacher in Texas. Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and computer applications, and her Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame.

Crystal is responsible for:

  • Department of Education (Higher Education, Campus Safety, Education Research, Graduate Education, International Education and Language Training, K-12 Education, Student and Institutional Accountability, STEM Ed, Teacher Preparation and Professional Development)
  • Student Financial Aid (Pell Grants, Student Loans, Campus-Based Programs)
  • Academic Preparation and Student Outreach, including TRIO and GEAR UP
  • Immigration-Related issues (International Students and Scholars, H-1B and Employment Visas)
  • Undocumented Student issues
  • Museums and Libraries, including NAGPRA
  • Education-Related Tax issues
  • Veterans Educational Benefits
  • National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities