Judith Martinez is a Denver native with 20+ years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. She received her high school diploma, Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree from Colorado schools and institutions. Her first job out of college was with Volunteers of America’s Foster Grandparent Program. Since then, she has been involved in 17 start-up programs and organizations dedicated to education, civic engagement and well-being of children, families and communities.
Judith began her work in the field of education, as the first Director of the National Center for School Engagement at the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children. Her early work focused on school attendance, homeless education and program evaluation. Most recently she led the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement at the Colorado Department of Education. Judith has been recognized for state-level efforts, which contributed to reducing the state's dropout rate to an all-time low.
Judith is encouraged by Colorado's educational gains, however, she knows more needs to be done as education gaps based on income and race/ethnicity stubbornly persist and in some areas gaps are on the rise. As Stand's Colorado Director for the Center for High School Success, Judith embraces the opportunity to accelerate progress so that all students have the support they need to reach their full potential. Judith still lives in the area where she grew up. She and her husband, Steven, have a daughter, Julia, who works in the field of higher education and lives in D.C.