Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa, MIA
senior research analyst
Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa has been working as a Senior Research Analyst since January, 2016. Jennifer brings a wealth of practical ‘data to action’ experience, and has worked on assessments in the areas of community health, adult and youth homelessness, and child health. Some of her recent projects include the Dignity Health Dominican Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment, the San Luis Obispo Community Assessment Project, and the Alaska Family Homelessness Assessment.
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in International Administration, with a concentration in Cross Cultural Communication and Training, from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She received her BA in Sociology from George Washington University. Prior to working at ASR, Jennifer directed two family resource centers in Santa Cruz County, where core programs focused on strengthening the safety net, and included early childhood education/parenting support, medical home education, nutrition education, restorative justice with youth on probation, ESL and Spanish literacy classes, rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, and public assistance enrollment support. Jennifer also served on the steering committee of the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.
Prior to that, Jennifer worked for 23 years in HIV/AIDS prevention, both in the United States and while living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she worked to grow a private foundation focused on making grants to community groups in Africa that support children affected by HIV. She managed a portfolio of more than 100 grantees in six African countries, and helped to develop a groundbreaking Monitoring and Evaluation and Technical Assistance program. Jennifer’s focus has always been on social justice, racial equity and making sure the voices of the most vulnerable are heard by change-makers.
When not working, Jennifer loves to salsa dance, cook, and watch her daughter play basketball.