Eddie Martin, Jr.

Deputy Executive Director, Racial Equity
Policy expertise: 
Racial Equity

Eddie Martin, Jr. serves as CLASP’s deputy executive director for racial equity. In this role, he leads the organization’s racial equity strategy both internally and externally, expanding CLASP’s capacity to effectively center racial equity in every aspect of its work.

Eddie brings an extraordinary background to CLASP that includes deep knowledge, experience, and leadership in racial equity and diversity in the nonprofit, federal government, health care, education, and theological sectors. He has extensive experience guiding transformational change to address institutional and structural inequities; creating strategic partnerships; designing and facilitating equity trainings; and helping to build strong organizational culture.

Eddie previously served as the senior director of equity and Engagement at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, MD, where he conceptualized and led the organization’s racial equity and inclusion (REI) strategy and planning process. In this position, he worked closely with the executive leadership, board of directors, communications, human resources, and REI committees (staff and board) on the development of REI plans, goals, and performance indicators in internal and external communications, personnel policies, public policy, and community engagement as well as building social and political capital in the Greater Baltimore region.

Eddie is also a chaplain (Major) in the U.S. Army Reserve and a Ph.D. candidate in Eastern University’s marriage and family therapy program. Over the course of his career, he has served as director of the U.S. Department of Justice Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center, and director (interim) of the University of Maryland Positive Schools Center, a non-profit focused on addressing inequities in education and improving school climate and culture. He has also worked as a grassroots organizer, policy consultant, and community-based activist.

Eddie is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s international business dual degree program. He also holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.