Jessica Reynaga, MSW
Bridge Program Manager, Drew Child Development Corporation
Jessica Reynaga serves as the Bridge Program Manager for Drew Child Development Corporation, a Los Angeles non-profit. In her current role, Jessica leads the trauma-informed care (TIC) component of a Los Angeles County effort to bring TIC training and coaching to early child care providers working with 0 – 5 foster youth. Her efforts are part of a larger state-wide initiative related to the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children.
Jessica is an educator and macro-focused social worker who considers herself to be a “preventionista” – choosing to dedicate her career to programs and initiatives that address root causes of inequity and oppression. Prior to her current role, Jessica served as the Community Education Manager for Human Options, a domestic violence agency in Orange County. During her 3.5 years at Human Options, Jessica led the agency’s prevention efforts by developing educational programming for youth audiences and various “first responder” professionals.
Jessica earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration and a specialization with Military and Veteran Families. While completing her graduate field work, Jessica interned for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs and before pursuing her graduate degree, was a high school teacher in Los Angeles County. Jessica is deeply motivated by the pursuit of social justice and is especially passionate about creating programs and policies that empower women and youth to lead healthy, meaningful lives. As a result of this motivation, Jessica is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education, with a specialization in Educational Psychology, at the University of Southern California.