Teresa Martinez serves as the Program Director for Enroot in Somerville. She has a strong passion for working with opportunity youth. She is a firm believer, regardless of cultural background or socioeconomic status, that with the right support, resources, and guidance, students can reach their full potential. She was born and raised in El Salvador. She came to the United States at the age of 15 and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) where she learned English and also participated in the Enroot program (City Links at the time) for two years as a student. After graduating from CRLS she joined Year Up, a non-profit organization designed to help young adults by training them in professional development and preparing them for entry level jobs. She excelled in the program and was hired upon completion. During her 13 years of service with Year Up she held several positions,including Admissions Coordinator, Admissions Specialist, and Program Manager. She also helped launch their new site in State Street Quincy, which she then managed after the launch. In all her roles the main focus has always been the students. Throughout her career she has worked with over 1,000 students helping them with their career development. She loves the work she does and finds her career very rewarding. She relates a lot with these students. She was once in their position, and is now in a position where she can support them the way Enroot supported her. In her role with Enroot her goal is to help strengthen the Somerville community by teaming up with community partners in an effort to provide immigrant students with leadership opportunities, help them build self-advocacy skills, and support them in preparing for their careers.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her daughter Yarissa. She also loves dancing Salsa and Bachata.