Emily Martinez

Emily Martinez is director of Global Initiatives at Open Society Foundations (OSF). Previously, Emily established and directed the OSF Human Rights Initiative, an OSF program that worked in partnership to support transformation within the human rights movement to meet the challenges confronting rights activists around the world. She also set up OSF efforts on disability rights, LGBTI rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and the right to information. Prior to that work, Emily led 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. She has developed expertise on a broad range of fundamental human rights issues across different regions, as well as the critical role civil society plays in promoting equality, accountability, and participation. 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.