Melody Martínez is the Individual Giving Manager for the New Economy Coalition. She is the proud first-generation daughter of Afro-Caribbean, working-class immigrants from the Dominican Republic and comes to NEC with deep experience in community organizing, facilitation and training, donor organizing, and program and organizational management. Melody was born and raised in Massachusetts, but currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She honed her organizing and fundraising skills working with Social Justice Fund Northwest, where she managed Giving Projects. In this work, she organized cohorts of community members with diverse race and class backgrounds, training them to become grassroots donor organizers and rooting their work in an understanding of race, power, and privilege. With Melody’s support, these groups raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and distributed it through democratic grantmaking to fund community organizing and coalition building focused on racial, gender, and economic justice. Through relationships with Resolutions Northwest and Class Action, Melody has supported countless mission-driven northwest nonprofits in organizational management focused on creating culture and systems that achieve racially equitable outcomes; resolve conflict; eradicate classism and anti-Blackness; support Black Liberation; and strengthen organizational democracy. Melody is a fundraiser for the people — dedicated to amplifying the voices of anyone forced to the margins, celebrating the strengths and gifts of frontline communities, and reminding everyone of our collective potential to fund our own liberation. She enjoys dancing to a merengue beat, eating vegan food, exploring the mountains and forests of the Northwest, and spending time with her family, including her partner, three cats, and an emotionally-sensitive beagle.