Ms. Martinez is currently a Program Specialist for the National Center on Substance Abuse (NCSACW) and Child Welfare at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, she assists the NCSACW program by offering logistical support and responding to training and technical assistance requests in efforts to improve collaborative practices.
Ms. Martinez’s comprehensive understanding of the needs of children and families and child welfare facilitated her transition into the Program Specialist Position at CFF. Prior to her work at CFF, Ms. Martinez worked as a Social Work Investigator at the Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) where she effectively advocated for children and families involved Los Angeles’s County Dependency Court. She has interned as a mental health clinician at El Rancho Unified School District where she delivered counseling services to at-risk youth and connected families to community based organizations. Ms. Martinez has also interned at the Children’s Defense Fund of California (CDF-CA) as a Juvenile Justice Policy Intern and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) as a MSW Jails Project Intern gaining insight into criminal and juvenile justice issues directly affecting communities in Southern California.
Ms. Martinez obtained her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Community, Organizing, Planning, and Administration (COPA). She has dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior & Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Martinez is also a fellow with the Justice Policy Network in Los Angeles ‒ a community who deliberately works to advance criminal justice policy and practice.