Mary Martinez-Wenzl

Before coming to Education Northwest, Mary worked in nonprofit and research organizations for 16 years. Most recently, she worked with the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles and the RAND Corporation. Her research experience and publications have focused on English learners and immigrant students, college readiness, and community colleges. Mary earned an MPA from University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in education with concentration in urban schooling at UCLA. She also spent a year studying public policy in Mexico at the National Autonomous University of Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship.

It is important to me to do meaningful work in a healthy environment. At Education Northwest, we conduct rigorous research and evaluations, and treat clients and colleagues with kindness and respect.

Senior Advisor, Senior Researcher

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Blog Posts

Meeting the Education Needs of Immigrant Newcomers


April 14th, 2015

In our region—Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington—young people between the ages of 13 and 17 are more than twice as likely to be foreign-born immigrants than children from birth to the age of 12. Oregon and Washington have the greatest concentration of immigrant adolescents, where there...