Kathy Martinez
Published August 20, 2015
Updated April 23, 2021

Kathy Martinez is president and CEO of Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit advancing equal rights for people with disabilities. She serves on the board of The American Association of People with Disabilities. Martinez is an expert in disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity and inclusion. She also speaks and writes on the importance of expectation in ensuring youth with disabilities grow up with an assumption of work.

Previously, she was senior vice president of disability and accessibility strategy for Wells Fargo. She is a former assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor. There, she launched grant programs such as Add Us In, which increased the ability of small businesses to hire people with disabilities.

Expertise: Disability employment, workplace diversity and inclusion, youth with disabilities, expectations and job skills of people with disabilities

Location: Berkeley, Calif.

Email: kmartinez@dralegal.org

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