Sandra J. Martinez MPH ’96 has been appointed director of public policy by the California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). As director of public policy, Martinez will plan, coordinate, and oversee the Foundation’s public policy activities in order to advance the foundation’s mission and amplify the impact of its grantmaking. She will continue to manage the annual TCWF Sabbatical Program Award, which honors non-profit health executives.
Martinez joined TCWF in 2002 as a program director during the final year of the foundation’s 10-year $60 million Violence Prevention Initiative. In 2003 she was assigned to oversee the foundation’s grantmaking in special projects.
Prior to joining TCWF, Martinez directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and also directed other community organizing efforts at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She currently serves as president of the board of the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. In 2010, Martinez was a fellow in the Grantmakers in Health’s Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.
“As a program director, I had the opportunity to make grants to a number of organizations working on policy issues intended to improve the health of underserved Californians,” she said. “In this new role, I look forward to overseeing a range of public policy activities with the goal of strengthening the Foundation’s grantmaking program.”