Chief Executive Officer
Encompass Community Services
Monica Martinez leads Santa Cruz County’s largest community-based not-for-profit organization, Encompass Community Services, where she provides vision for large-scale change at the local level. Martinez is a community champion with a reputation of using evidence-based, outcome-driven strategies to achieve results. She believes our most basic human right to live healthy lives is intrinsically tied to dignity, equity and opportunity for all people.
As CEO at Encompass Monica oversees a budget of $30 million, 40 programs and 500+ employees, all working together to support the community with services centered on family and social well-being, early childhood development, integrated behavioral health and housing.
Today, Monica has a bold goal to transform Encompass from a collection of fragmented social services to one integrated organization with a person-centered approach to seamless, high-quality services.
Martinez’s earlier experience includes leadership roles at a consulting management firm and large nonprofits focused on social justice issues. As Executive Director at the Homeless Services Center she led the county’s largest homeless services agency to move beyond the shelter model to a “housing first” model. Her work influenced county-wide change around homelessness resulting in the Smart Solutions to Homelessness coalition and the founding of the 180/2020 initiative. The 180/2020 initiative has successfully housed over 500 of the county’s most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County.
Monica is currently an appointed member of the Santa Cruz County Human Services Commission, sits on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, and is Board Chair of FoodWhat, a youth empowerment and food justice nonprofit.
She has completed the Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship, has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.