Emily Martinez is the director of Open Society Foundations’ Human Rights Initiative. Previously, she established and directed four global grant-making programs on disability rights, LGBTI rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and the right to information. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Martinez was the director of the Open Society Human Rights and Governance Grants Program in Budapest, where she helped promote the development of human rights and accountability groups in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. As the program’s founding director, she developed expertise on a broad range of fundamental human rights issues in that region, as well as civil society’s role in promoting rule of law and accountable governance.
Martinez holds an MA in human rights from the University of Essex. She also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a BS in international affairs and developmental economics.