Dual B.A. Economics and Communications, Boston University, 2008
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Paloma Martinez has spent the last decade working to create social change through the power of personal narrative. After completing her undergraduate studies in Economics and Communications at Boston University in 2008, Paloma returned to Houston to begin her nearly seven-and-a-half-year long career as a labor organizer and eventual Communications Director of the Service Employees International Union, Texas (SEIU Texas).
Paloma’s time in the labor and immigrant rights movement primarily focused on working directly with janitors, who cleaned the offices for some of the wealthiest companies in the world during a time of unpredicted prosperity in Houston, to identify, develop, and craft narratives that highlighted the struggles of some of the city’s most overlooked people as they fought for desperately needed improvements at work and in their communities. This position gave Paloma the chance to immerse herself in and explore many of the varied cross currents- like race, immigration status, political power, and identity- that are shaping the new realities and daily experiences of those living in the ever changing American urban landscape.