Jessica Merino is a Senior Program Associate on NCYL’s California Reproductive Health Equity Project, a collective impact strategy team that works to promote healthy sexual development and improve systems to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care services for youth in foster care. Before joining NCYL, Merino worked in development and communications at Ibis Reproductive Health. Prior, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at Ms. Magazine, reporting on reproductive justice issues. Merino received her B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.