Elizabeth Martinez is president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the country.
Promoted to this role from chief operating officer, Martinez joined the agency in 2003 and previously served as vice president of programs. In that role, Martinez participated with leaders from 12 other agencies to develop Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Hispanic Mentoring Initiative, which evolved into the model used by agencies throughout the country.
Martinez has 15 years of experience working with children, youth and families, as well as extensive community and board involvement. She was featured by Columbus Business First as one of the “20 People to Know in Education,” was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, and has been spotlighted in The Women’s Book and Who’s Who in Latino Columbus.
A native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Martinez has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ohio Christian University.
“I am delighted to serve on the Franklin County Children Services Board of Trustees,” she says. “I understand how vital your work is in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children served by the agency.”