Andrés Martínez grew up in El Paso, Texas, immersed in the multilingual, bicultural environment of la frontera. Andrés moved to Nashville after living in Berlin, where he earned his Master’s in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance, informing his international perspective on policy making and advocacy. As Conexión Américas’ Director of Policy and Communications, Andrés helps tell the stories of the work we do, the families we serve, and the community we wish to see.

As a community leader in Nashville, Andrés is the elected Chair of the Community Oversight Board, and has thoroughly enjoyed being part of this governing body. The COB oversees the work of Metro Nashville Community Oversight, which is tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct and examining criminal justice policies in Davidson County to propose policy improvements. Andrés’ leadership has helped to build the agency from scratch. Andrés also serves on the Nashville Pride Board, an organization with a mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for LGBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.

Andrés loves writing, bass fishing, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling– he tries to go back to Europe every year. He will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by voting early at Casa Azafrán.