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W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces Dr. Paul Martinez to join executive team

Mary Cohen
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BATTLE CREEK, MI – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Paul Martinez as its chief leadership and human capital strategist, effective June 3, 2019.

In this new role, Martinez will be responsible for providing executive coaching, organizational development and capacity building, and working with the leadership team in support of WKKF leadership fellows programs and alumni. As a member of the executive team, he will lead the learning and development of the foundation’s strategic leadership grantmaking approach, in collaboration and partnership with grantees, communities and other stakeholders in the United States, Mexico, Haiti and internationally.

“Paul has been a steady contributor to the Kellogg Foundation’s mission since 2013, as an executive coach, as well designing and delivering unique organizational development programs for our staff,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation. “His depth and breadth of expertise and knowledge around organizational performance, coaching, talent development, employee engagement and culture is a critical force to meet our goals toward greater impact for children and families.”

During 2009-2019, Martinez served as an executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he supported the growth and development of global executives in a number of open enrollment and custom programs. From 2016-2018, Martinez was a senior faculty member at the CCL, where he was responsible for oversight, design, delivery and maintaining high-quality standards of CCL’s premier apex program in the United States, Singapore and Europe. He also developed, designed and delivered custom leadership development programs for range of clients in the government, for-profit, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, as well as other open enrollment programs.

Additionally since 2008, Martinez managed his own consulting firm, Dynamic Solutions USA. The firm guides individuals, teams and organizations to maximize their leadership capacity, performance and potential by defining tactical and strategic organizational challenges and opportunities, and designing customized leadership and organizational development solutions to meet desired organizational results, outcomes and objectives.

Prior to his role at the CCL, Martinez held various leadership positions with the U.S. Army, Blockbuster Music, State Farm and USAA. He created and facilitated curriculum for El Pomar’s Multicultural Youth Leadership Initiative, Leadership Pike’s Peak Signature, Leadership NOW, Leading Edge, and Leadership Pueblo. Experienced across multiple sectors including for-profit, nonprofit and government, he worked primarily with senior teams to define the leadership needed to achieve organizational success and helped clients develop capabilities in the areas of performance, trust, coaching, human capital/talent development, employee engagement and culture.

He has served on and facilitated numerous committees, contributed to a monthly leadership column, has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer, and participated on several advisory committees and boards including the Hispanic Advisory Council, Junior Achievement, Colorado Springs Conservatory and Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

During his award-winning career, he developed extensive leadership programs with CCL, and is certified in more than a dozen leadership, professional development and management assessment tools. Most recently, he designed and authored The Trust Dynamic 360 assessment tool. He is also a member of the National and the Colorado Speaker’s Associations.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science in Management from Regis University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of the Rockies.


About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. 

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