Maria Carmela Martens is an experienced trainer, coach and capacity building provider with interests in strengthening and empowering the workforce of unrepresented individuals in public and non-profit sectors. Maria holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, with an emphasis in communities and social systems. While at Michigan, Maria began working in the HIV/AIDS community, providing therapy, facilitating groups and providing HIV Test Counseling in the community, which eventually led to her tenure in providing training and development to AIDS Service Organizations around the United States.
Maria currently works for the County of Alameda in their Training and Education Center as a Senior Consultant and Trainer. Prior to joining Alameda County, Maria worked here at Capacity for Health, managing the national HIV/AIDS capacity building program. In her role she managed project planning and implementation and oversaw monitoring and evaluation of training and capacity building engagements. She has trained in a variety of CDC Interventions such as Healthy Relationships, ARTAS, Couples Counseling, Social Network Strategy (SNS), Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) and Partnership for Health. She also has experience providing organizational sustainability and program management CBA to non-profits and Health Departments.
Maria received her coaching certification through Leadership that Works, a certified program that integrates cultural awareness and social change into the coaching curriculum. She is an ATD Master Instructional Designer, and holds certificates in Human Performance Improvement, E-Learning Instructional Design and Strategic Leadership, all from the Association for Talent Development.