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Jessica González-Rojas

Reproductive Health Rights Advocate

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, which works specifically to advance the reproductive and health rights of Latina women.  As a leading national advocate for Latinas, she directs the research, field and advocacy operations for the organization in New York and Washington, D.C. During the five years she spent on the strategic management team at NLIRH, Gonzalez-Rojas played an instrumental role in forging key partnerships with other members of her community on a national level, working with the immigration, sexual health and rights and anti-violence movements.

González-Rojas is a prominent spokesperson for the Latina community on issues of reproductive justice. She has contributed to numerous media outlets including National Public Radio, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times.  In 2009, she was honored by El Diario/La Prensa as one of the “Mujeres Destacadas” (Women of Honor).

Prior to joining NLIRH, Gonzalez-Rojas served on the New York State Democratic Committee for the 29th Assembly District from 2002-2006. During her service, she was awarded a Proclamation for Community Leadership by the New York State Senate and Assembly.

González-Rojas is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Boston University and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.