Executive Director Transition

November 14, 2011

Go here to read a letter from Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas to the NLIRH community, as well as a slideshow of photos from her tenure in the social justice field. 

June 23, 2011

After a nationwide search led by prominent capacity building firm Strategies for Social Change, the Board of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is proud to announce that Jessica González-Rojas will be our next Executive Director.

We are thrilled to have Jessica lead NLIRH as we continue to expand our organizational strength and capacity within the Reproductive Justice movement.  Jessica is currently part of NLIRH’s management team - she serves as the organization’s Deputy Director.  She brings a proven track record in policy, research, and field operations and has a deep understanding of reproductive justice issues and how they impact women’s lives.

Jessica also is a powerful communicator, inspiring activists at rallies and serving as a spokesperson on critical issues for Latinas in the media.  El Diario/La Prensa, the nation’s oldest and largest Spanish language newspaper, honored Jessica for her strong voice on behalf of Latinas.  Jessica has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and recently completed a program at the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Jessica will assume her new leadership role in the fall of 2011, following parental leave.  During this time Maria Elena Perez, NLIRH’s current Director of Community Mobilization, will serve as Interim Executive Director. 

The board thanks both Maria Elena for her leadership during this time of transition, as well as the entire NLIRH team for their continued efforts to expand our national voice and influence on behalf of Latinas.   We also sincerely thank Strategies for Social Change and all who participated in this important and successful search for our next leader.

Warm regards,

Berta Colón, Board Chair, NLIRH

You can read a letter from Silvia about her transition here.