The mission of The Martinez Foundation is to improve teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State. We seek to accomplish this by providing scholarships, mentoring, and ongoing professional development. We are the only organization in the country whose mission is to improve teacher diversity and support teachers of color in their profession.

What we’re up to

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Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 in donations this month! Contribute today to our year end campaign and help support placing more Martinez Fellows in Washington public schools. Go to:


“Can you tell me how to get the book Winning Credibility?” Kang asked Karen. Because of YOU, The Martinez Foundation connects students who come from so many diverse backgrounds and experiences to teachers like Luis who serve as positive role models and influences in their lives.

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Because of your support, Martinez Fellows Andy Girón and Kevin Henley were busy preparing for parent teacher conferences in Tukwila during a recent visit. Both fellows teach very diverse students who speak over 60 languages. 80% of the students in the district are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

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YOUR generosity has allowed us to increase our impact across Washington state including a visit this fall to Heritage University, We were all completely inspired by the incredible guest speakers who generously share their expertise with our Fellows.