Jessica Reynaga
Macro-Social Worker | Educational Psychologist, Self-employed
Jessica Reynaga is an educator and macro-focused social worker who considers herself to be a “preventionista” – choosing to dedicate her career to programs and initiatives that address root causes of inequity and oppression. Prior to her current role as a non-profit consultant, Jessica worked on multi-sector, collaborative impact projects in Los Angeles and Orange County, California that aimed to create trauma-informed workforces. In her most recent role, Jessica led the trauma-informed care (TIC) component of a Los Angeles County effort to bring TIC training and coaching to early child care providers, working with 0 – 5-year-old foster youth. Her efforts were part of a larger state-wide initiative related to the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children. Jessica earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration, and a specialization with Military and Veteran Families. While completing her graduate field work, Jessica interned for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Before pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as a high school teacher in Los Angeles County. Jessica is deeply motivated by the pursuit of social justice and is especially passionate about creating programs and policies that empower women and youth to lead healthy and happy lives. As a result of this motivation, Jessica earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a specialization in Educational Psychology, at the University of Southern California