Ed Martinez is the chief diversity & inclusion officer and president of the UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs and initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs which invests in over 4,300 organization and communities across 170 countries. In addition to his role as President of The UPS Foundation, Martinez also serves as the UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with responsibilities for the advancement of diversity and inclusion programs which empower more than 481,000 UPS employees worldwide including its suppliers, customers and communities at the company.
Martinez served as corporate legal counsel in the UPS Legal Department until 2007, where his legal practice included commercial transactions, intellectual property and information technology matters, as well as civil litigation. Prior to assuming the position as President, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation.
Mr. Martinez joined UPS in 1976, as a package handler in UPS’s South Florida operation where he subsequently entered the management ranks within the company’s operations and the Industrial Engineering functions. Martinez later held senior management positions in the areas of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Risk Management, and Acquisitions. In these capacities, he also served UPS’s subsidiaries and International Region.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF’s Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster’s Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council and on the executive committees of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Coordination Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Connecting Business Initiative and the Global Health Security Agenda’s Private Sector Round Table. Martinez recently joined the Global Humanitarian Action Executive Council under the leadership of the UN Secretary- General’s Humanitarian Envoy.
Martinez serves as chair of The Points of Light Corporate Service Council comprised of Fortune 500 companies dedicated to the global volunteer movement. Serves as Principal, representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for UnidosUS organization as well as Chairperson of the Points of Light Institutes’ Corporate Service Council. Martinez also serves as Advisor to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). Martinez is former co-chair and appointee by the National Academy of Science of its national program, Resilient America. Martinez serves on the International Leadership Board of UK- based Business in The Community organization. Martinez serves on the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030 a business led coalition to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and on the Board of the United Nations public-private sector coalition innovation incubator, Global Humanitarian Lab.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. He has lived in Atlanta since 1992, with his wife and three children.
Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. A member of the American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association, he is also a member of the Florida Bar.