Vice President, Education and Engagement
Kim Martinez serves as the Vice President of Education and Engagement at the National Wildlife Federation. In this role, she oversees a team responsible for the development and delivery of pre-K-12, higher education, youth leadership, and community programs. She previously established and managed the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Region’s education programs and later served as the National Senior Director of Education where she was responsible for the Eco-Schools USA, Schoolyard Habitats, Young Reporters for the Environment, Learning About Forests, Connecting Kids to Nature, EcoLeaders, EcoCareers, and RecycleMania programs.
Kim is an advisor to multiple partner initiatives including the Global Environmental Education Partnership, ee360, and the Green Schools National Conference. She contributed to revising the North American Association for Environmental Education’s K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence. Kim is the Foundation for Environmental Education’s national operator for the Eco-Schools program in the United States. She also participates in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs, which supports people-to-people conversations with foreign publics on U.S. policy priorities including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math pedagogy for teachers.
Kim earned her B.S. and teaching credential from the University of California, Riverside and received her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University. She was a classroom teacher and Administrator of Teacher Professional Development at the Center for Teacher Innovation at the Riverside County Office of Education in California. Kim was an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside.
Kim’s passion and commitment to conservation and education stems from childhood experiences spent camping, fishing, and exploring the natural environment. She currently lives with her husband and daughters on the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater, Maryland.
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