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April 2, 2024

E28 – Cracking the Code: Power-building through education, civic engagement, and advocacy

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Rachel Martinez
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E28 – Cracking the Code: Power-building through education, civic engagement, and advocacy
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Today we check in with Rachel Martinez, the President of the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education in Wyoming focused on educational resources for the Hispanic community. Ms. Martinez also happens to be the Executive Director of the Wyoming Civic Engagement Network, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic participation in marginalized and under-resourced communities while building the voting power necessary to win on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

The importance of voting in a state dominated by the Code of the West, base-building and the importance of trust-based coalition work, the role of funders, and Latino leadership development — we cover a lot of ground today, so we hope you stick with us and like what you hear!

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Rachel Martinez is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Civic Engagement Network. She is a passionate advocate for the marginalized & under-represented & works to empower local communities towards equitable & systematic change. This passion was ignited decades ago at her first nonprofit job working as an advocate supporting domestic violence victims. A first-generation student, Rachel received a BA in Journalism and an MPA from the University of Wyoming. Her professional expertise is in nonprofit management, organizational & board development, and community advocacy. Constantly growing in community stewardship, she believes in grasstops organizing, igniting the electorate and inspiring high-opportunity voters. Her past service on boards includes Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Laramie County Library, Amnesty International, Circles Wyoming, and regional and national boardship with ASPIRE and the Council for Opportunity in Education advocating for first-generation students. She is currently serving as a board member with the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference and as President for the Hispanic Organization for Progress & Education. Rachel is proud to be a third-generation Wyomingite who will never stop working towards a more inclusive and diversified place to live. Her parents are her greatest inspiration with Dolores Huerta as a close second. Her greatest role is successfully launching 3 children into adulthood and recently earning the title grandma to two grandsons.

Rachel Martinez is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Civic Engagement Network. She is a passionate advocate for the marginalized & under-represented & works to empower local communities towards equitable & systematic change. This passion was ignited decades ago at her first nonprofit job working as an advocate supporting domestic violence victims. A first-generation student, Rachel received a BA in Journalism and an MPA from the University of Wyoming. Her professional expertise is in nonprofit management, organizational & board development, and community advocacy. Constantly growing in community stewardship, she believes in grasstops organizing, igniting the electorate and inspiring high-opportunity voters. Her past service on boards includes Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Laramie County Library, Amnesty International, Circles Wyoming, and regional and national boardship with ASPIRE and the Council for Opportunity in Education advocating for first-generation students. She is currently serving as a board member with the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference and as President for the Hispanic Organization for Progress & Education. Rachel is proud to be a third-generation Wyomingite who will never stop working towards a more inclusive and diversified place to live. Her parents are her greatest inspiration with Dolores Huerta as a close second. Her greatest role is successfully launching 3 children into adulthood and recently earning the title grandma to two grandsons.

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Thirteen young men and women in Laramie County were awarded higher education scholarships this past weekend by the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education

By Jasmine Hall | August 8, 2023
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Recognizing her ability to help others
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