Ricardo Martinez is a White House recognized LGBT activist, organizer and leader. Born in Mexico City, Ricardo immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1989. He is a product of the New York City Public Education system. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from SUNY Stony Brook and continued his post-graduate studies at Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School where he earned his Master of Science in Nonprofit Management. Post-graduation, Ricardo has accumulated 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector – focused primarily in education (working with Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning, Summer Search NYC and The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).
Through his most recent work at GLSEN, Ricardo worked to develop resources and tools that supported 40 volunteer-led chapters that carry out GLSEN programs at the local level. Resources included skill building webinars, fundraising campaigns, capacity building strategies, website management tools, and strategic planning documents. He was also recently involved in the campaign to elect Carlos Menchaca to New York City Council’s 38th district. This historic election marked the first time a Mexican-American openly gay politician was elected to office. Ricardo will join the Stand team on November 17th as National Strategic Projects Manager. He is excited to continue work to level the educational playing field for all students. Ricardo enjoys photography, all things Christina Aguilera, playing volleyball, hiking and is a music aficionado.