With 14 years of experience in higher education as a dean, an associate dean, a program director, a consultant, and a researcher, Martinez-Flores brings a wide range of expertise to the role. Previously, she was dean of arts, letters, and social sciences at Las Positas College. Before that, she served as dean of instruction, language arts and academic support at Riverside City College where she also served as dean of academic support, associate dean of college program support, and director of the GEAR UP program. Additionally, she also served as an external evaluator for underperforming schools for Riverside and San Bernardino County Schools.
Martinez-Flores has also taught for seven years in the K-12 sector to the graduate level. At the University of California, Riverside, she was a lecturer providing a graduate-level education course and a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses. At the Jurupa Unified School District, she provided adult English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes, served as a resource teacher, and was a bilingual teacher.
Martinez-Flores is the author of The Intersection of Policy and Practice: Linking Teacher’s Meaning to Actions and contributed to The Substantive and Symbolic Consequences of a District’s Standards-Based Curriculum published by the American Education Research Journal. She is a regular presenter at academic conferences. Martinez-Flores has been honored as Educator of the Year at the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards and received an Hispanic Border Leadership Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside.
Martinez-Flores received her Ph.D. in institutional leadership and policy studies from University of California, Riverside. She earned an M.A. in education with a Bilingual Crosscultural Language in Academic Development (BCLAD) teaching credential at University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in education and Spanish at the University of California, Riverside.