The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative utilizes a multi-pronged approach to ensure Latinos and other communities of color have a seat at the decision-making table and fair opportunities to thrive.
UCLA LPPI is committed to working with leading experts, advocates and elected officials to address today’s most pressing issues. We are committed to championing evidence-based policy solutions that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans by shining a spotlight on how Latinos are and are not included in policy-making.
The UCLA Voting Rights Project is the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative aimed at creating an accessible and equitable system of voting for all Americans through impact litigation, research, and clinical education to expand access to the ballot box.
Chelsea N. Jones is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative and Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at UCLA. Chelsea’s work is fueled by the desire to see racial equity in every policy, especially those that limit the electoral influence of marginalized people. Her background is in social policy, having obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. As a former policy fellow at the National League of Cities, Chelsea has worked with various local government bodies to conduct equity analyses on city policies and train government employees to apply a critical race lens to their institutional practices. At LPPI, Chelsea combines her personal and professional background with her data analysis skills to produce research that examines the disparate impact of restrictive electoral policies on Black and Latino communities. Her work at LPPI aligns with her doctoral research on voter disenfranchisement in jurisdictions previously covered by the Voting Rights Act. Chelsea’s research is supported by the Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellowship and the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship.