Marisol Franco is California Latinas for Reproductive Justice’s (CLRJ) Associate Director of Programs and also one of its founding members. In her current role, Marisol oversees CLRJ’s programmatic efforts to ensure alignment and advancement of CLRJ’s mission. Marisol was previously CLRJ’s Director of Policy and Advocacy and worked to connect Latin@ communities across California to policy efforts and decision-makers in order to promote Latinas’ reproductive justice. As a first generation Mexican woman raised in a Los Angeles working class immigrant neighborhood, Marisol passionately believes all people have the right to a living wage, healthy community, health care, education, and affordable housing. She works so that all have the opportunity to build strong families, live free of state, sexual, gender, race and all other forms of violence and oppression. Prior to joining CLRJ as staff, Marisol worked to mobilize and train community leaders to address local community concerns with the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). In addition to her work in community mobilization and empowerment, Marisol has significant experience conducting policy analysis, coordinating advocacy efforts and campaigns on statewide and regional issues. Marisol’s previous experience includes working on policy analysis and advocacy on critical statewide and regional access to health care issues with Community Health Councils, Inc. and Latino Issues Forum (LIF). In 2009, Marisol was recognized as Emerging Leader of the Year by the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. Marisol graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. She was also a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow through the Women’s Foundation of California. She is also CLRJ’s resident foodie and IT mujer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging with family, and playing with her godchildren.