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Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez - Communications Specialist

Cecilia Martinez serves as the Victoria Foundation’s Communications Specialist. In this role, she helps to develop and implement an overarching strategic communications plan that aligns with the Foundation’s vision, mission, and values. This includes providing support for a range of internal and external communications activities, as well as undertakings that position the Foundation as an engaged partner in the Newark community. She accomplishes this by developing partnerships with nonprofits and residents, along with serving as an advocate for policies and issues of high priority to Newark community leaders.

Cecilia is a seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field. She began her career as a journalist/associate editor for a community newspaper before transitioning into marketing and communications. Cecilia has served as a communications officer at Saint Peter's University, website and newsletter communications coordinator for the Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, and media relations manager at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). Her time at NKF sparked her passion for work in the nonprofit sector, where she can utilize her knowledge and experience to help those in need.

Cecilia is also an award-winning, self-taught artist. Her work often focuses on issues affecting underserved and marginalized communities, such as racism and poverty. She has exhibited her art in galleries throughout the country, such as the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for “Breathing While Black,” an artistic response to the murder of George Floyd. Additionally, Cecilia's artwork aired during a segment on Al Jazeera TV that addressed the issue of gun violence in inner city communities. She received a Special Merit Award from the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region for her piece “The Scientific Method of Escapism” and a Social Conscious Award from Contemporary Art Gallery Online for the piece “The ABCs of PTSD.” Her work was published in Jim Crow Must Go, a publication produced by the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle that artistically focuses on how those who do not ascribe to white supremacy and dominator culture can stop Jim Crow laws.

Cecilia has many ties to the Newark community. She has served as an art specialist with the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity to provide support for the Newark Public Schools’ Summer Plus Program, where she worked with students at Dr. E. Alma Flagg Elementary School to teach them the basic skills of art. Cecilia has also participated in exhibitions supported by Newark Arts, an organization that powers the arts to change lives within the community. She participated in the Newark Arts Festival in 2022 at The Healer’s Space for “Artful Healing,” presented by Audible; and in 2023 at the Newark Museum of Art for “Cross Cultural Perspectives and Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop.”

Cecilia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from New Jersey City University and has a Certification in Digital Media Arts from Hudson County Community College. During her tenure in higher education, Cecilia was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the National Society for Leadership and Success.

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Location

Victoria Foundation
550 Broad St
Suite 1402
Newark, NJ 07102

Contact

Ph. 973-792-9200
e-mail info@victoriafoundation.org

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