School of Peace Studies

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

Debbie Martinez

Senior Program Officer for Youth and Peacebuilding

  • M.A. in International Human Rights, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denv
  • B.A. in Sociology and Global & International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Debbie M. Martinez directs the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice's WorldLink Program, which provides opportunities for youth from Southern California and Baja Mexico to evaluate ideas, add their voices to public discourse and help generate solutions, while connecting them with experts, academics and practitioners of peacebuilding and human rights.

After several trips to Central America, Debbie pursued a bachelor's degree in global and international studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a minor in applied psychology. She received a master's in international human rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she specialized in international administration, development and Latin America. She also received a certificate in humanitarian assistance, and participated in the Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development Program in Panama City, Panama.

Debbie has worked as community relations coordinator for the Center on Rights Development, served as program assistant for Youth Policy Institute, worked as assistant to the CEO/President of Chamber of the Americas and interned for the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was a recipient of the "2013 Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20's" award, presented by the San Diego Business Journal. Debbie is originally from the San Fernando Valley, California.

Contact Information

Debbie Martinez

Email |
Phone | (619) 260-7568
Office | KIPJ 115