John Martinez
Director of Program Development

Martinez, who joined MDRC in 1997, is an expert in project incubation and start-up and serves as a senior advisor to many of MDRC’s youth-focused projects. As Director of Program Development, Martinez plays a key role in new program development across MDRC’s policy areas and centers and oversees MDRC’s grants-management and funder-relations functions. Prior to his current role, he served as Deputy Director of MDRC’s Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and 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 is a Vice-President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Policy Council and currently serves as the Chair of its Diversity Committee. He is also the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition. 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 and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Virginia.