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Martha Juarez

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Head of ASU Local
University Staff, OTHERUS Campus, Mailcode 7705

Martha Juarez serves as the Head of ASU Local for Arizona State University Learning Enterprise, where she leads the strategic growth and expansion of this reimagined undergraduate program. ASU Local brings the best of a global research university to you in the community where you are rooted. ASU Local’s core is nurturing belonging, curiosity and resilience through connection and support. 

Exemplifying a curvy journey, Martha embodies the principle of reinvention. After working as a civil engineer for nearly six years, she uprooted herself to attend graduate school as a career switcher. What followed was a highly productive career in finance. Martha worked for BlackRock in real estate private equity for several years, where she oversaw commercial real estate assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars located in various west coast markets. Her career in real estate investing also took her to a role with a smaller investment and development firm and a nonprofit organization that develops and owns affordable housing apartment communities.   

Martha’s most consistent thread has always been her commitment to giving back through her changes and exploratory moves. Since her early college years, her passion for motivating youth to see the opportunities available has driven her involvement and leadership roles with many organizations with educational outreach programs. 

Before joining ASU Local, Martha served for ten-year service as a founding board member and executive director of The SUHI Foundation, an educational nonprofit whose mission is to support Sweetwater High School students in achieving their maximum potential. 

Martha earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Stanford University. She also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.  

Martha was born and raised in the San Diego–Tijuana region and graduated from Sweetwater High School in National City. As the youngest of four children born to Mexican immigrant parents, she credits her older siblings for paving the path to higher education. Martha lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband, two kids and family dog Canica.


BS in civil engineering, Stanford University

MBA in management, UCLA Anderson School