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Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa, MIA

Project Manager II

Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa has been working with ASR since January 2016. Jennifer brings a wealth of practical ‘data to action’ experience and has worked on evaluations and assessments in the areas of racial equity, restorative justice, community health, adult and youth homelessness, COVID-19, and child health. Some of her recent projects include the Santa Cruz County Black Health Matters Initiative Spotlight, Kaiser Community Health Needs Assessment, the City of Watsonville Ad Hoc Committee on Policing and Social Equity Report, and Stanislaus County Community Assessments,  2019 Family and Children Edition and 2021 COVID-19 Edition.

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. In part, 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.

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