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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director for External Affairs | Digital Media

Morgan Martinez began her career with IRI in 2013 as online communications specialist.  She was named deputy director of the public affairs division in 2015.  In her role, she aids in IRI’s brand development and provides ongoing strategic direction and guidance on IRI’s online engagement, communications efforts and multimedia products.   

While working in the public affairs department, Martinez has overseen the expansion of IRI’s online communications efforts including the conception and launch of Democracy Speaks blog and IRI's podcast, Global.  She has also monitored elections in Tunisia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Timor-Leste. 

Prior to joining IRI, Martinez was the director of digital strategy for Governor Buddy Roemer of Louisiana, where she created the governor's online strategy which was noted by news sources for its innovative and out-of-the-box methods.  While with the governor, Martinez was nominated for a Shorty and Mashable Award.   

An expert in the use and influence of social media within the political landscape, Martinez spoke at the Harvard University Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in 2013 on the use of social media as an indispensable element of the 2012 presidential election. 

From 2007 to 2010, Martinez worked for then-Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado of California.  During that time, she served as fundraiser for his successful 2008 State Senate race and went on to work on his team in 2010 while he was Lieutenant Governor.  In 2010  Martinez joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor Maldonado on the campaign trail for the successful open primary measure, Proposition 14. 

Martinez has a degree in English literature from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California.