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Martin Schwartz

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Martin Schwartz



San Francisco

Current Town


DEI Statement

My academic research focuses on antisemitism and bias, and supporting equity and access in and through my work is core to my professional practice. While Program Curator at the German government’s temporary Goethe-Institut Seattle Pop Up, I centered the work of artists of color and queer and woman artists and fought for and achieved higher pay for hourly workers. Previously, at the Henry Art Gallery, I served as staff lead on the Strategic Planning committee and as co-chair of the Equity Committee, pushing for visible progress towards racial justice. Most recently, my work at SouthEast Effective Development was dedicated to uplifting the extraordinary diversity and cultural vibrancy of Southeast Seattle through investments in affordable housing and the arts.


PhD (in progress) from University of Washington; MA from University of Chicago; BA from University of California, San Diego

Sectors I've Worked In

Arts, Housing, Higher Education

Services & Areas of Expertise

Grant research and strategy; Grant writing.

Notable Projects

In a past life I was an active playwright, with five produced plays.

Why I Love This Work

I am in awe of the dedication of our nonprofit community to serving the people of this region despite difficulties of all kinds. I view it as my mission to help enable nonprofits to do the work at which they are expert.

Fun Fact

I'm a truly serious film-lover and even serve as a festival programmer at SIFF!

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