Melody Martínez is an experienced facilitator, trainer, life-long learner, and the first generation daughter of working-class immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She grew up near Boston where she spent the larger part of a decade practicing medicine as a licensed veterinary nurse. Melody has several years of nonprofit and volunteer community organizing experience, particularly in the animal rights and environmental movements and in direct hunger alleviation efforts. In Oregon, she has worked to support the efforts of statewide nonprofits in developing processes and practices that operationalize racial equity, economic justice, and result in meaningful outcomes for employees, recruits, service-users, and the broader community. Melody is also an Associate Trainer at Class Action, an On-Call Facilitator with Resolutions Northwest, and a volunteer staff member at My Dog is My Home. She is passionate about dismantling the intersecting systemic oppressions that keep people, animals, and the planet in a constant state of struggle and can’t imagine a better place than Social Justice Fund to be working towards solutions! She lives in Portland and shares a home with her partner Alex, three curious cats, and a very emotional and tender-hearted rescue dog who has lots of feelings about everything.