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Selena Martinez

Selena is originally from Selma, CA, and currently resides in the SF Bay Area where she has been for 15 years. Selena is a mother, patient advocate, racial equity activist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of The 559 Mural Project, an organization dedicated to addressing racial injustice and socio-economic inequity through mural art and community dialogue. Selena intersects many diverse identities: she is the proud daughter of retired migrant agricultural workers, a part of the LGBTQIA community, and is a carrier of a hereditable cancer condition all of which have played a significant role in how she interacts with people, builds relationships, and approaches situations.

Dolores Huerta and Selena of The 559 Mural Project

The Power of Art in Community Activism

Social Justice, Community

I could have never imagined myself pursuing an MBA let alone an MPA. I had been in academic research and healthcare for 10 years. However, my thought processes about healthcare had become very siloed. I wanted to have a more meaningful impact but I did not know how I could help solve the complex issues …

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