Christian Martinez, is an educator and poeta. Born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico, he and his family migrated to Oakland, California in 1999 to pursue a better future. Growing up in East Oakland deeply influenced his desire to elevate in the community. Christian witnessed and experienced the social and educational inequities first hand and wanted to contribute to leveling the playing field for communities of color.
In 2010, Christian commenced his career as an educator in his beloved Fruitvale community. Here, he co-founded Latitude 37.8, a unique high school that focuses on real-world project-based learning, with strong arts, multimedia, and technology integration. The focus of the school deeply aligns with Christian’s creative vision.
Christian developed a passion for music, recording and producing all while fostering a drive to succeed.
In 2018, Christian founded Noxhegalactica Podcast & Magazine. Noxhegalactica invites all participants–the host, its guest, and listeners–to reveal our struggles and build the community we never thought we would have. Noxhegalactica aims to elevate the community.
Christian’s is a big fan of fashion and promoting mental health. In 2019, he took a trip to Tokyo, Japan where he was inspired to uplift and motivate people through his message. He started his own clothing brand named swimgood. Swimgood is rooted in the idea that “No matter where you are in this ocean called life , you’ll be okay if you just swimgood.”