María Contreras

Community Policy Associate
Portrait photograph of Maria Contreras

María Contreras is the Community Policy Associate for the Collaborative Responses to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children team. Prior to joining NCYL, Contreras worked as a Youth Advocate at WestCoast Children’s Clinic, serving Alameda County foster and probation youth where she used her experiences as a former foster youth, academic, and professional to advocate with and on behalf of system involved children and youth. This role incorporated direct service and policy advocacy where she partnered with Alameda County’s Department of Children and Family Services on a variety of projects focusing on strategies to center the voices of individuals with lived experience. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College in 2019.