Carlos Martinez is the executive director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC), an initiative of the Rose Community Foundation. He directs the LCFC’s efforts to expand philanthropy by Latinos, supports nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in Colorado through grantmaking and oversees the LCFC’s special projects.
Prior to joining the LCFC, Mr. Martinez was CEO of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado and was responsible for launching a capital campaign, building a new home and providing strategic leadership in delivering an array of services to more than 38,000 visitors annually. Throughout his 24 years of nonprofit work, Mr. Martinez has held various executive director positions and led the transformation of several social service and arts organizations in California and Boston. He has also worked in the field of grantmaking where he was the vice president of community investment for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and program officer at the James Irvine Foundation.
He is a former board member of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado and previously served on Rose Community Foundation’s Committee on Aging because of his policy, education and direct service experience in the gerontology field. Mr. Martinez has served on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, and has been appointed to special committees by elected officials. He previously served as an adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts, Boston where he taught nonprofit management courses.
Currently, he is on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board for Colorado, serves as a board member of the Foothills Art Center and is an honorary board member of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. His undergraduate degree is in business administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills where he also did graduate work in gerontology.