We are always excited to introduce new members of our team who share the same passion and courage as we do. Johanna Martinez recently joined SIREN as Operations Manager.
Johanna was born and raised in California, moving from Southern California to the Bay Area when she was three years old. As the middle child of three girls, she watched her parents work hard to support their family and was proud to see her dad become a citizen when she was in high school. She recalls, “My dad was lucky because he had help. Not everyone is as lucky. I believe it is my job to help in any way I can."
Johanna realizes that it can be frightening for immigrants to apply for citizenship under this administration and they need organizations like SIREN to help them navigate through the complexities of immigration law and policy. It has been inspiring and encouraging for her to see people come in on a free clinic day looking overwhelmed and defeated only to walk out of an attorney’s office with hope. “What SIREN provides is life changing and I feel honored to be a part of it.”
She has worked in the administrative field for over fifteen years and is pursuing her B.A. in Political Science at Cal State East Bay. It has been a dream of hers to work in an organization that aims to empower all people and she is excited to come on board and use her experience to contribute to the cause.
At SIREN, Johanna will be supporting day-to-day operations and assisting the Director of Operations as well as the Executive Director. She is excited to start coordinating with staff and vendors for SIREN'S 32nd anniversary.