John
Martinez
Director of Program Development

Martinez, who joined MDRC in 1997, is an expert in project incubation and start-up. As Director of Program Development, Martinez oversees MDRC’s grants-management and funder-relations functions and plays a key role in new program development across MDRC’s five policy areas. Prior to his current role, he served as deputy director of MDRC’s Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, where he focused predominantly on projects targeting young people, including young people with disabilities and those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Martinez currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition and is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Policy Council. Before joining MDRC, Martinez conducted research in a substance-abuse treatment center and in a community health center with patients with schizophrenia. He began his career as a food stamp eligibility worker. Martinez holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.