Ana Martinez’s career spans at least a dozen agencies — from television networks to nonprofits. Her latest appointment, though, brings her into the arts as the director of development for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami.
In her new position, Martinez returns to her alma mater, Florida International University, to lead and fundraise for the university’s art museum. She hopes to accomplish this by engaging the community and donors, and publicizing the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.
“This is an exceptional museum,” Martinez says. “And once they are here, it’s about presenting amazing experiences for our community.”
For Martinez, who previously worked as the director of philanthropy for The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, her transition to a museum felt like “a return to home.”
“I grew up in New York City, going to all the museums with my brother,” Martinez says. “We would go to all the retrospectives – film retrospectives. We would go to music festivals, so cultural arts, in general, is part of my DNA.”
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Martinez was a producer for Univision and Telemundo. While at Univision, Martinez garnered an Emmy Award for her work with the talk show “Cristina,” a then top-rated program.
The skills she learned in television production years ago still apply to her work today. According to Martinez, it’s just about adapting.
“As a producer you have to put a lot of components together to reach a goal — in television it’s ratings,” she says. “The same thing happens here. In this case, instead of ratings it’s my fundraising goal.”
Always one to follow her dreams, Martinez advises Latinas to do the same.
“If you can see it, go after it,” Martinez says. “It’s not about breaking the glass ceiling. It’s about just breaking the ceiling – creating new paths, where there aren’t any. Just go for it.”
Although Martinez has achieved many accolades, she continues to strive for more. “My greatest accomplishment is yet to be,” Martinez says.
Jose Vasquez hails from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double major in journalism and sociology. He has worked with several campus publications such as The Diamondback, the university’s independent daily, and La Voz Latina, the only Latino-interest publication on campus.
His writing has been featured in Kesta Happening DC, the Public Asian and Patch.com.