Policy and Research Assistant
Valery Martínez is a Policy and Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), where she conducts research on a variety of social policy issues—including immigration, child welfare, and economic and food security—to help the policy team determine how systems can best serve families and make policy recommendations that will create more equitable outcomes for communities of color, immigrant families, and LGBTQ+ individuals. She also assists the team by writing briefs, conducting interviews, and representing the organization at external meetings.
Prior to joining CSSP, Valery was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center and worked with a community coalition to expand federal meal programs across San Diego County. Valery was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a minor in Nutrition.