Martel Okonji

Director of Innovations 

Martel Okonji has over 15 years of robust experience working with communities, administrators, and legislators in the fields of education, juvenile justice, social and public health, and organizational management. Okonji focuses his intent on equity and justice to liberate and heal communities through program-curriculum development and implementation, staff professional development, workshops, and seminars to bring awareness to public health issues primarily in Black and Brown Communities and working with legislators to bring awareness to issues that marginalize and under resource our most vulnerable communities. Okonji has successfully led the implementation and development of the first permanent LGBTQ Resource Center at California State Northridge, all while engaging in leadership roles and programs to mentor, develop and coach his communities and peers to a healthier future. He has successfully with Senator Ami Bera, district seven, participated with the Coca-Cola Next Generation of LGBTQ Leaders and led a national Queer People of Color conference which brought over 500 attendees from all over the world to find healing, tools for change and skills in building an equitable world.


Martel Okonji completed his education in Sociology, Queer Studies, Education and currently working on his PhD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. In 2017 Martel was awarded recognition by California State and Local officials as a leader of change in the Los Angeles and the California community. Contact Martel.