Who We Are

Executive Director

Jessica González-Rojas
Executive Director

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), the only national reproductive justice organization that is dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 29 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States. She has been a leader in progressive movements for two decades.  Jessica successfully forges connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latinx civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence. 

Jessica is a strong voice for Latinas and a regular presence in national and local media outlets.  She is a frequent commentator in outlets, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, El Diario/La Prensa, The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast and makes regular television and radio appearances on MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS and others.  Jessica was honored by Emily’s List in 2017, by the National Women’s Law Center in 2016, and as a "Latina Trailblazer" by LatinoJustice PRLDEF in 2016. She was named one of “10 Most Inspiring Latina Activists” in Latina Magazine and as a “Fun, Fearless Latina” by Cosmo for Latinas in 2014. She was also recognized in Cosmopolitan’s “2013 Power List,” as one of “13 Women of Color to Watch in 2013” by the Center for American Progress, and as a “Champion for Choice” by the National Council of Jewish Women. She was honored by El Diario/La Prensa, the nation’s oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, as one of 2009’s “Mujeres Destacadas” (Women of Honor). 

Jessica frequently speaks at national conferences, congressional briefings, and other venues on NLIRH's groundbreaking polling on Latinx public opinion, often busting stereotypes about what's important to Latinx voters and assumptions about the way Latinx families view sexual health issues.  Jessica authored essays for the New York Times bestseller, Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, for Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, and for the Columbia University Journal of Gender and Law. She provided content for the publication, Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, contributed a publication in the anthology of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Edition and served as an Advisory Member for the publication of Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies

Jessica is a long-time leader in community and electoral politics. She was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee from 2002-2006, representing the diverse communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. She has received proclamations from the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, New York City Comptroller and New York City Council for her local and national advocacy.  Through a leadership program at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), she served as a community liaison in two district offices of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez. 

Jessica has held leadership roles in numerous local and national organizations that promote social justice advocacy.  For 11 years, she served on the Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to ensure that immigrants can build social, political and economic power.  She is the Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the most prominent national Latinx civil rights organizations in the country, and co-chairs its Health Committee and Latina Task Force.  She has worked in the field of early childhood education, higher education, disability rights, veteran’s health, and racial justice.  Jessica is a featured expert on the Women’s Media Center’s SheSource and an alumnus of their Progressive Women’s Voices program, in addition to serving as an Advisory Member for several organizations and coalitions, including If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Raising Women’s Voices, and the We Belong Together Campaign. She has also served as a board member for Medical Students for Choice and the Latina Political Action Committee (LPAC).  Jessica was selected as a Rockwood Leadership Institute Leading from the Inside Out Fellow for the 2016-17 cohort and for the New American Leaders Fellowship program in 2019. 

Jessica is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality.  Jessica holds a master’s degree from the NYU Wagner School, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude, and completed a certificate program from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.