Martens began volunteering with Esperanza as an application reader and was inspired by the success and dreams of the applicants. As a first-generation Haitian American, Martens understands barriers in accessing opportunities and institutions needed to actualize goals and aspirations. Martens is proud to serve on Esperanza’s board in order to create more equity in accessing higher education for DC-area students regardless of immigration status.
Martens is an executive recruiter for mission-driven organizations and higher education institutions and is committed to recruiting Black, Indigenous, people of color along with women, LGBTQIA, and first-generation professionals. He also brings 15 years of experience in the education improvement spaces including policy and advocacy, research, coalition building, high education, and K-12 student support services. Martens also has almost 10 years of experience building and managing equitable pipelines of young professionals in the education improvement sector.
Martens is a mentor in the DC area through College Bound. He holds a master’s degree in higher education management and a bachelor’s degree in history and Africana studies, both from the University of Pittsburgh.