Melody Martínez, CVT
Melody Martínez is a certified veterinary technician, the president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association, and the first-generation daughter of Afro-Caribbean, working-class immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
She grew up in Massachusetts and began her veterinary career in 2007. Melody has worked in small animal general practice, emergency and critical care, and as a senior animal caregiver at Farm Sanctuary, where she oversaw the medical care and husbandry needs of 800 rescued farmed animal residents at their New York shelter.
In 2015, she pivoted to a career in nonprofit management, community organizing, and fundraising with organizations dedicated to racial and economic justice. Currently, Martinez is the principal and founder of Acorde Consulting where she provides organizations with training, assessments, and executive coaching to advance their racial equity and inclusion efforts, and support their organizational development and change management strategies.
She enjoys helping teams create the healthier internal climate that is necessary for truly powerful work to take place. As a result of her support, many of her clients have developed the clarity and capacity needed to make meaningful culture shifts and become more values-aligned.
Martinez holds certifications in equity-informed mediation and human resource management. She continues her work in veterinary medicine by providing medical support to organizations that increase access to veterinary care for people experiencing poverty or homelessness with animals.