Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas

New York State Assembly, District 34

Winner!

Jessica is the first Latina, first person of color and first queer person to represent New York's 34th Assembly District!

Biography

Jessica González-Rojas is a life-long activist, change-maker and current New York State Assemblymember, representing the 34th District. Jessica is a nationally-recognized expert on health care reform, gender and racial justice. She has a deep understanding of building coalitions on both the grassroots level and within institutions of power.

As a queer Latina mamá and the daughter of an immigrant father from Paraguay and a Puerto Rican mother, Jessica is a fierce advocate for people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ communities. A resident of Jackson Heights since 1999, Jessica understands that the strength of her Queens community is in its diversity, and holds an unwavering commitment to progressive values. Which is why she has also worked in the fields of disability rights, higher education, and veteran’s health.

Jessica was on the founding board of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a Queens- based immigrant rights organization and a founding member of the New Visions Democratic Club. She has served in leadership of many local advocacy efforts, including the New York City Transit Riders Council and the New York City Young Women’s Initiative. For the past 13 years, Jessica has led the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, a national organization dedicated to expanding healthcare access, building Latinx power, and advancing reproductive justice.

Jessica served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the City University of New York’s (CUNY) City College and has taught courses on Latinidad, reproductive rights, gender and sexuality. She has authored essays in multiple publications and anthologies on those diverse topics. 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.

Jessica resides with her partner, Danny, and their young son who attends a local public school in Jackson Heights.

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