Jennifer Martinez


PICO California

Jennifer Martinez is the Chief Strategy Officer for PICO California, the largest faith-based community organizing network in California. PICO CA supports the development and action of grassroots leadership to advocate for racial and economic justice. Jennifer has been an organizer since 2001 where her work has focused on housing justice, immigrant rights, restorative justice and quality education. Today, Jennifer and her team work with dozens of organizations and hundreds of organizers across California to develop long-term strategies that tackle the systemic drivers of racial and economic inequality, including the criminalization of people of color and wealth accumulation into the hands of the few. Alongside the largest labor unions and community organizations in the state, PICO California is helping to lead the Schools & Communities First campaign – an initiative that has qualified for the 2020 ballot and will restore $12 Billion every year in perpetuity to local schools and community services by reforming state commercial property taxes. Jennifer has a BA from Stanford University and an MA and PhD from the University of Nottingham, England. Her graduate research focused on social movement strategies in the struggle for housing and land rights in Venezuela and South Africa, and in 2011, her PhD won the British International Studies Association thesis of the year award. Born into a Mexican-Irish family in Southern California, Jennifer now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.