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Guest Speaker

Dr. Tia Martinez, co-principle of Forward Change Consulting, has over 25 years of experience working across the United States to improve social outcomes in low-income communities. With Forward Change Consulting, Dr. Martinez helps foundations, community-based organizations and government agencies pursue comprehensive strategies to improve the life outcomes and opportunities for children, young adults and families living in disadvantaged communities.

Dr. Martinez is currently doing work on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and transforming life chance for boys and men of color across the country. She travels all over the country chronicling the school-to-prison pipeline’s development over the last 40 years. She exposes today’s reality where systemic root causes conspire to create a growing plague of community disadvantage across the country. In addition, Dr. Martinez offers solutions and strategies to shut down this pipeline so that our most vulnerable citizens, their families, and our communities thrive. She specializes in strategies built on research policy change, community stakeholder engagement, and leadership development.

Tia’s previsouly has worked as the chief equity officer at the Stupski Foundation after serving as acting director of education at the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School. While at UC Berkley, Dr. Martinez, led a policy unit that produced research, policy prescriptions, and curricular innovation on issues related to education reform and racial justice. Prior to joining the Warren Institute, she served as strategic consultant to the Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education. In this capacity, she led a strategic planning process and supported nationwide rollout and implementation of the new strategy across 12 regional offices.

Dr. Martinez has an AB in History from Harvard University, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a JD from Stanford Law School.