Meet the Instructor
Aurora Martin is a social innovator, developing partnerships to re-imagine justice and invent a virtuous cycle of public good. Inspired by a commitment to build community, she founded popUPjustice, a social justice startup that aims to serve as a collaborative entity with various independent creatives and experts across sectors (including nonprofits), incubating ideas at the intersection of technology, social justice, the arts and popular culture.
Martin served up justice for nearly 20 years in Washington legal aid as a public interest lawyer who grew up from intern to executive director at the statewide nonprofit Columbia Legal Services. She led Columbia’s transformation to become a creative social justice advocacy organization with a mission to integrate civil legal needs with civil rights, engaging in legal advocacy on behalf of people living in poverty through impact litigation, policy work and multimedia education. Building on her experience in the nonprofit community, she serves as a guest speaker for seminars and workshops on diversity and leadership.
In 2017, Martin was designated one of the inaugural Innovation Fellows with the American Bar Association. She’s also held a national Equal Justice Works Fellowship serving low-income tenants; developed various pipeline education programs serving farm worker students; and clerked for the Supreme Court in Washington state.