Born and raised in Colombia, Bibiana Martinez received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004. After a brief stint as an archaeologist, she worked as a case manager at a community based HIV/AIDS clinic in Miami. In 2006 she moved to New York City to work as a human rights activist and a reproductive health advocate. She worked with asylum seekers from Latin America and organized Promotoras de Salud to lobby in Capitol Hill.
Bibiana was the 2009 Latino Fellow and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, from which she graduated with a Masters in Public Health in 2009.
While at Columbia, Bibiana coordinated a qualitative study on contraceptive preferences among low income youth in New York City, led the evaluation of an emergency room navigator program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and participated in the implementation of a reproductive health initiative targeting high-risk adolescents in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Before coming to CORE she worked at Childrenís Hospital Los Angelesís Division of Adolescent Medicine and Kaiser Permanenteís Department of Research and Evaluation. She has participated in both quantitative and qualitative studies with topics as diverse as substance abuse among youth in Northeast Los Angeles, self-efficacy in children suffering from chronic diseases and risk factors for herpes zoster in elderly patients within a managed health care setting.
She is a knitter, a hiker, a diver and a faithful Yankees fan.