Diana Lugo-Martinez

Diana Lugo-Martinez

Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs

diana@latinainstitute.org

Diana Lugo-Martinez serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in our New York office.  Diana is responsible for managing Community Engagement Programs, including on-the-ground Community Mobilization work as well as building a national network of organizational partners and special initiatives related to civic engagement and activism.

Diana brings a decade of experience in civic engagement, politics, academia, and leadership development on a variety of social justice initiatives.  Previously serving as an administrator at New York University, Diana has managed and implemented leadership development and civic engagement initiatives, mobilizing students as advocates for and allies to the New York City community.  Diana has successfully trained hundreds of young people as activists and justice-oriented citizens, designing training models and curricula to foster an understanding of social and civic responsibilities, and providing the tools and resources to work effectively with communities in order to affect change.  

Training and recruiting hundreds of interns and volunteers for various nonprofits, Diana has partnered with several organizations over the years to cultivate sustainable relationships whereby young people are able to support the work of the nonprofit sector, while engaging in experiential learning. She also has direct experience as a health educator, and also served as researcher at the Center for Immigrant Health. Diana’s work has also taken her to several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to work with local organizations to assist with various community development projects, building schools, homes, and recycling centers in underserved regions of the Global South.  In addition, she gained valuable political experience working for Congressman Jose E. Serrano and serving as an elected District Leader for the Yonkers Democratic Committee for several years.

Diana has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaching service-learning courses on civic engagement and women’s movements on sexual and reproductive health in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Diana holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and an MS in Global Affairs from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from NYU.