Richard S. Martinez, Ed. D., is founder of the Artful Alliance. Richard facilitates groups as they address issues arising from diversity and organizational culture. His experiences in education include classroom teaching; school, district, and county office of education administration; professional development design and facilitation; and, university teaching in educational leadership. As an executive director of a center for diversity and equity, he has integrated culturally proficient coaching skills into a higher education diversity professional development program for staff and faculty. He has facilitated nationally on the art of leadership, culturally proficient environments, and transformative approaches to systems change. Richard is a talented songwriter and guitarist and his wife Janet is a talented musician and artist. He and Janet have woven music and art into their beautiful tapestry of life.