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 Martínez, MA, oversees all programming related to the Youth and Peacebuilding initiative of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ). She directs the 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. Martinez also guides all IPJ programming involving youth engagement along the San Diego-Tijuana border, as well as international collaborations with speakers and networks in places such as Syria, Nepal, Kenya, Tunisia and Myanmar.

Prior to the IPJ, Martinez served as a community relations coordinator for the Center on Rights Development, program assistant for Youth Policy Institute, assistant to the CEO/President of Chamber of the Americas, and intern at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

She has a master’s degree 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; and a bachelor’s degree in global and international studies and sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a minor in applied psychology. Martinez also has a certificate in humanitarian assistance and participated in the Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development Program in Panama City, Panama. She is fluent in Spanish.

While at the IPJ, Martinez has been named one of the “25 local emerging leaders in their 20s,” by the San Diego Business Journal, and a recipient of the University of San Diego’s Employee Recognition Award.

Contact Information

Debbie Martinez

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