Kristina Martin

Chief Staff & Strategy Officer

Kristina has followed a non-linear leadership path, developing expertise at understanding organizations’ systems and how they accelerate or derail expansion. Her role at Partners blends chief of staff, human resources, diversity and inclusion, communications, and advancement leadership responsibilities. Prior to joining Partners, Kristina was the global head of learning and effectiveness at Infinera.

Kristina’s career began in nonprofit organizations serving youth in under-resourced communities, where she held executive roles in Portland and east Oakland. She segued into the profit sector with hyper-growth through large professional service and tech companies such as Booz Allen and NICE Systems. Spanning Silicon Valley and the DC area, she led learning and organizational effectiveness; human resources; communications; diversity, equity and inclusion and leadership development.

Returning to the nonprofit sector, Kristina co-founded a boutique consulting firm specializing in systems equity. She also developed, taught and measured the impact of curriculum in social justice systems thinking, and exploring identity group conflict for District of Columbia and Fairfax County public schools. Parenting brown children through the public education system and teaching at a DC high school rekindled her passion to work for equitable access to quality education.

Kristina’s undergraduate degree is in Conflict Studies (identity-based conflict in societal marginalization contexts) from George Mason University, where she also began graduate studies in Social & Organizational Transformation.

In addition to being a leader at Partners, Kristina serves as the founding director of the California Action Learning Leadership Forum, a group of cross-sector leaders who explore how action learning can shift culture, develop leaders, and solve big business problems.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors, in distant lands, making music, watching British mysteries, or catching up on neuroscience developments.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass