DESIREÉ RENEÉ MARTINEZ, M.A., RPA

Ms. Martinez has extensive experience consulting with Native American leaders and community members in a variety of contexts including the collection of ethnographic and historic data from an indigenous perspective and the implementation of community-based research.

In addition, Ms. Martinez has vast experience in inventorying, cataloging, lab analysis, archive management, and museum collections management through her work as a Task Manager and lithic analyst at Cogstone, Curatorial Assistant at the Harvard Peabody Museum, Project Manager at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and providing curatorial assistance to the UCLA NAGPRA Coordinator and teaching curatorial and archival techniques to students at California State University, Long Beach.

Further Ms. Martinez has participated in the NAGPRA claim process both as a claimant, as a liaison for other Native American communities, and a museum professional. As a museum professional, Ms. Martinez conducted research in support of cultural affiliation determination as documented in NAGPRA notices as well as helped to package and prepare Ancestral remains and NAGPRA Items, alongside with Tribal community members, for transfer and reburial.

In recognition of her experience and expertise, Ms. Martinez was appointed to the University of California’s (UC) President’s Native American Advisory Council and its Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Policy Workgroup. The Workgroup was charged with updating the UC’s repatriation policy to ensure compliance with the most recent versions of NAGPRA and California NAGPRA (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 8012) by creating transparent policies and processes for efficient and expedient repatriations to Tribal Nations.

Ms. Martinez received her M.A., in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Harvard University and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.