Caron Garcia Martinez ’81

Caron is a native Californian who majored in English at Williams before embarking on a dynamic career as a diplomat, public relations executive, and now university professor.

Caron MartinezAt Williams, Caron was a founding member of the College’s first all-female a cappella group, Ephoria. She also co-managed the football team for three years, was active in musical theater productions, and embraced Winter Study for affording her the opportunity to not only visit the People’s Republic of China, but also to learn how to jitterbug like a pro.

She spent her junior year abroad in London, and the experience cemented her intentions to pursue a global career. After graduation, she was sworn into the U.S. diplomatic corps, serving as assistant press attaché and assistant cultural attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Mexico City and Quito, Ecuador, respectively. Caron holds an M.S. in organizational and social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. Caron has taught business writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked as a business communications consultant to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

In July 2016, Caron was named the director of the Center for Business Communications at American University’s Kogod School of Business, where she teaches both MBA and undergraduate business students and collaborates with faculty to integrate writing and speaking skills into the business curriculum. She had served since 2008 as a Professorial Lecturer on the literature faculty at American.

Caron is actively involved with Nyumbani.org, a nonprofit dedicated to helping HIV/AIDS children in Kenya. She has traveled to Nicaragua to work with families living in extreme poverty and currently serves on the board of Love, Light and Melody, a nonprofit providing hope and education to these families. Caron also serves as an advisor to the Washington, D.C., public schools writing project, One World Education.

Caron joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and has served Williams on her 25th, 30th, and 35th reunion committees, as a regional admission representatives’ chair, and as a former member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni.

She lives in Vienna, Va., with her husband, John, and while she embraces her roles as a teacher, writer, and mother of Alex, Peter, and Daniel, she is always looking ahead to the next adventure.