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, coaching, 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

Safeco Fireworks Square

Friday, June 19th Mariners Game Night plus a very special fireworks show! Each ticket sold through our link will benefit The Martinez Foundation. Support improving teacher diversity with a night of fun for the whole family!


Through the generosity of our corporate partners and stakeholders like YOU, this year’s “Viva Martinez!” raised nearly $190,000 to support our Fellows and mission- THANK YOU! Please provide us with your feedback!

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Please save the date and plan to join us October 6, 2015 for a very special Keys to Success Luncheon event featuring Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of Malala Fund.

2015-7 Ana Ochoa

Elizabeth reminds her fourth grade teacher and Martinez Fellow Ana Ochoa Rivas a little of herself. Quiet and shy in class, Elizabeth began the year not talking at all. When Ana would call on her, she simply wouldn’t speak. Now, several months into the school year and after a lot of encouragement, Ana has seen that change. Elizabeth now answers questions when called upon and asks questions when she doesn’t understand something. “I think it helps that she knows she can ask me in Spanish and I will respond,” says Ana.