Jenalyn Sotto is the Senior Manager for Strategy & Policy. On behalf of the Center, she works with state advocates, elected officials, and national partners to design and implement cross-cutting advocacy and policy work that advance gender justice for all. Jenalyn also leads the Center’s Pathway to Gender Justice Initiative which seeks to build an inclusive society by centering women and girls in 2020 and beyond.
Jenalyn has professional and academic expertise in federal, state, and local government; civil rights and minority issues; coalition-building; cross-cultural communications; and progressive public policy. Her legislative experience includes diversity and inclusion, voting and civil rights, immigration, and mental health. She is passionate about leveraging stories across all platforms and narrativizing data to advance the best outcomes for all, especially marginalized and under-represented communities.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenalyn is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she received her dual Bachelor of Arts with honors in Rhetoric and Asian American Studies. When not working to dismantle systemic biases and replacing them with enduring pipelines of access and inclusion, she can be found celebrating the culinary arts, enjoying musical theater, exploring new neighborhoods, and/or reading a good book.