Claudio Martinez is the executive director of La Vida Scholars, a nonprofit organization seeking to equip low-income, high-achieving Lynn students with resources and preparation needed to enter great colleges, and awards parents who save with matched funds and the training necessary to make informed decisions regarding their child’s higher education.
has worked to advance education, culture and economic development in Boston through leadership roles in the nonprofit, private and public sectors. For 17 years, he was the Executive Director of The Hyde Square Task Force. Under his leadership, the organization received several awards including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs. As a neighborhood advocate, community organizer, and parent, Claudio has worked in Boston school reform efforts for the past 25 years, also serving as a member and Vice-Chair of the Boston School Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation, the Youth Violence Prevention Funders Learning Collaborative, and Boston After School and Beyond. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Barr Foundation Fellows Program and a Mel King Community Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is current Co-Director of Boston University’s BRIDGE Program.