Emily Martinez is the director of the Human Rights Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. Martinez has been with the Foundations since 1995. Previously, she set up 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 Budapest-based Human Rights and Governance Grants Program for the Foundations, where she helped promote the development of human rights and accountability groups in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. As the founding director of the program, she developed expertise in 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 with a BS in international affairs and developmental economics.