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Kimiko Martinez

Director of Communications

Kimiko is an advocate, ally, environmentalist, and adventurer dedicated to making our world a more just and equitable place for everyone. She’s been in the business of social change for more than 15 years — first as a reporter and then leading marketing, communications, and creative teams at some of the biggest progressive nonprofits in the country. Most recently she managed West Coast media relations at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she connected expert scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates with local, national, and international reporters and secured coverage at some of the world's biggest news outlets.

In her previous career, Kimiko was an award-winning journalist writing news and features at the Indianapolis Star, the Orange County Register, and DAYSPA and Entrepreneur magazines.

In her free time she likes to hug trees (preferably endangered giant redwoods) and is a part-time poet constantly on the lookout for interesting characters and the next opportunity to cross state lines or add another stamp to her passport.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Pepperdine University, where she served as the editor in chief of the school’s student-run weekly newspaper.

kimiko@theopportunityinstitute.org