(Jennifer is speaking in an unofficial capacity and her views and prior work do not represent the viewpoints of the U.S. Department of Labor.)
Jennifer has had a long-standing commitment to serving the Filipino community. Jennifer completed a Master’s from Georgetown and pursued a Ph.D. at Northwestern (which she did not complete), studying the neo-colonial effects of international development standards onto the Philippines. However, she left academia to directly help workers disenfranchised by a political economy that caters to the neoliberal dictates of the powerful.
Jennifer is a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, enforcing Federal laws born out of the labor and civil rights movements of our country, which protect our nation’s workers. She is a proud alumna of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, a workers’ rights firm based in Oakland, CA that is firmly committed to civil rights and social justice. Prior to the firm, Jennifer worked as a Bay Area Legal Incubator Attorney at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, helping low-wage Filipino workers with their labor trafficking and wage theft claims.
Jennifer obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was the first woman of color to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review. In 2015, Jennifer worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.