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.
JESSICA RODRIGUEZ is pursuing her M.B.A. at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, with a focus on management consulting, social entrepreneurship, and venture capital. As the daughter of an immigrant mother, it has been evident to Jessica that the many opportunities in her life were not a coincidence but the cumulative work of her mother and the community that stood behind her. Because of this support, Jessica was able to attend UC Berkeley and earn her B.A. in Political Science. Afterwards, she pursued a career in youth-serving and education-focused organizations. This included joining the founding team of the Richmond Promise, a college access and success organization in Richmond, California. At Richmond Promise, Jessica served as the Director of Operations & Partnerships, leading the development of the organization’s finance, data management and analysis, and operational processes, and designing long-term strategies to maximize impact. At the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, Jessica is similarly supporting the development of organizational policies and processes.