Magda Martinez is a poet, vocalist, educator and performer whose passion for and belief in the power of the arts and social justice began in her youth. She has written, performed and produced her original works around the country. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of The Welcoming Center.
Before joining The Welcoming Center, Magda served as Chief Operating Officer of Mural Arts Philadelphia and as Director of Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial. At Fleisher, she designed and implemented its nationally recognized diversity and community engagement initiatives, and the arts-based drop-in Teen Lounge program, both of which are featured in several publications. Magda is board chair of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a board member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and an advisory committee member of The Colored Girls Museum. She previously served on the boards of the Bartol Foundation and Taller Puertorriqueño. Throughout her career, Magda has advised organizations including the American Association of Museums, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and has presented and shared her expertise at national conferences. She is a founding member of Las Gallas, a Philadelphia-based artist collective, and received a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist Catalyst Grant and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award for her work as a socially engaged community artist.